Recently Fansided editors from every NFL site in the network got together and held an NFL mock draft in collaboration with the National Football Post and expert scout and NFL guru Russ Lande.
As editors, we acted as the GM for our team and mocked the draft. In turn, Lande critiqued our selections.
As GM of the New Orleans Saints, I went in knowing the pick was either going to be a defensive back, a pass-rusher or offensive lineman depending on how the board fell into place.
I certainly did not expect to find a top 5 talent sitting in my lap at no. 15 overall.
When pick No. 15 rolled around, the obvious choice was BYU linebacker Ezekiel Ansah. He’s a rare talent and happened to fall down the board. Here’s my explanation for the pick:
Ezekiel Ansah is arguably a top-five talent, so he’s a steal here for the Saints at No. 15. New Orleans is implementing a new 3-4 scheme under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and needs pass rushers to be effective. This selection really came down to Ansah or outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, since the top defensive backs are already off the board. In Ansah you get an elite, albeit raw, physical specimen without the injury concerns enshrouding Jones. Ansah is an immediate starter and game-changer and a major step in the right direction for the worst statistical defensive unit of all time a year ago.
Here’s what Russ Lande had to say about my selection:
Russ Lande: As the Saints make the switch to a 3-4 defense they need to find edge pass rushers. Ezekiel Ansah is a rare athlete with great size and strength and the potential to be a dominant NFL player.
As you can see, if Ansah were to actually fall to the Saints at No. 15 , it could end up being the steal of the draft. There arguably is not a better pass-rusher in the class (you can argue Oregeon’s Dion Jordan) and under the tutelege of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Ansah would be an elite player for years to come.
You can check out the entire Fansided mock draft via National Football Post here. Let me know how I did!