Aug 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; LSU Tigers receiver Odell Beckham Jr (3) can not come up with the catch against Texas Christian Horned Frogs cornerback Jason Verrett (2) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

WDD: New Orleans Saints Mock Draft Madness

We’re just under seventeen days until we know who the New Orleans Saints will select with the #27 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8. By now, you’ve certainly read a ton of other Mock Drafts that are out there, and I applaud you if your head hasn’t exploded. Well, here’s another that may help your chances.

Last week, I brought you a Mock Draft Overload, which highlighted the expert/analyst choices for the Saints. I used Fanspeak’s On the Clock Draft Simulator to bring you my selection:

2014 NFL Draft, Round 1 – Pick by Pick:

  1. Houston Texans – OLB, Khalil Mack
  2. St. Louis Rams – OT, Taylor Lewan
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT, Greg Robinson
  4. Cleveland Browns – QB, Blake Bortles
  5. Oakland Raiders – DE, Jadeveon Clowney
  6. Atlanta Falcons – OT, Jake Matthews
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR, Sammy Watkins
  8. Minnesota Vikings – QB, Teddy Bridgewater
  9. Buffalo Bills – S, Calvin Pryor
  10. Detroit Lions – OLB, Anthony Barr
  11. Tennessee Titans – QB, Johnny Manziel
  12. New York Giants – OT, Zack Martin
  13. St. Louis Rams – WR, Marqise Lee
  14. Chicago Bears – DT, Dominique Easley
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers – DT, Aaron Donald
  16. Dallas Cowboys – DE, Kony Ealy
  17. Baltimore Ravens – CB, Bradley Roby
  18. New York Jets – WR, Brandin Cooks
  19. Miami Dolphins – CB, Justin Gilbert
  20. Arizona Cardinals – QB, Derek Carr
  21. Green Bay Packers – TE, Jace Amaro
  22. Philadelphia Eagles – WR, Mike Evans
  23. Kansas City Chiefs – TE, Eric Ebron
  24. Cincinnati Bengals – OLB, Ryan Shazier
  25. San Diego Chargers – DT, Louis Nix III
  26. Cleveland Browns – WR, Davante Adams
  27. New Orleans Saints – WR, Odell Beckham Jr.
  28. Carolina Panthers – S, Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix
  29. New England Patriots – DT, Ra’Shede Hagemen
  30. San Francisco 49ers – CB, Darqueze Dennard
  31. Denver Broncos – G, Xavier Su’a-Filo
  32. Seattle Seahawks – OT, Cyrus Kouandjio

Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU was sitting there staring me in the face at pick #27. I couldn’t resist.

Combine Notes

  • Combine Profile
  • 4.43 40-yard dash
  • 3.94 second 20-yard shuttle (Combine Top Performer)
  • 10.93 second 60-yard shuttle (Combine Top Performer)
  • Vertical Jump: 38 1/2″

Physical Attributes 

  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 198 lbs
  • Hands: 10″
  • Arm Length: 32 3/4″

Saints’ Track History – Previous (But Not All) First Round Picks Used On Receivers

  • 2007 – Robert Meachem, Tennessee
  • 2002 – Donté Stallworth, Tennessee
  • 1982 – Lindsay Scott, Georgia
  • 1978 – Wes Chandler, Florida

Why It Makes Sense for the Saints: Why doesn’t it? Beckham is a Top 5 or Top 3 wide receiver prospect on virtually any draft board you read. Most weaknesses tied to Beckham are around his height and top-end speed. While that may pose a problem, the versatility of Beckham would instantly give him a leg up in the return game for the New Orleans Saints. Beckham has great vision, and simply just ‘makes it happen’. The Saints have a lot of receivers on the roster, but most of which are a giant question mark of consistency outside of veterans Marques Colston and Robert Meachem.

The Reality: Beckham Jr. is a huge pipe dream for the Saints, and it doesn’t seem that he’ll last until 27th. The New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, and Philadelphia Eagles have been paired to being potential fits for Beckham Jr., and each of those teams are in dire need of another wide receiver who can be on the field working from Day 1. We can dream, but unless general manager Mickey Loomis plans on trading up and sacrificing the ‘depth’ in this year’s draft, then we won’t see Beckham in New Orleans.

Previous Mock Draft Notes:

  • Last week, I agreed that Auburn OLB/DE Dee Ford would be a perfect fit for the team.
  • In January, I was a part of a FanSided Mock Draft hosted by Factory of Sadness. In that mock draft, I was able to select Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin at #27. Since that point, Martin has skyrocketed up multiple analyst mock drafts, so this likely wouldn’t be a realistic choice.

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