WDD: New Orleans Saints Mock Draft Madness v3.0 (Final)


Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

We’re almost here! The 2014 NFL Draft is set to kickoff this Thursday at 7PM CST. We’re just two short days away until we know who the New Orleans Saints will select with the #27 overall pick. I have little doubt in my mind that you’ve already been filled with hundreds of other mock drafts, but in the off-chance that you haven’t, here’s my final installment.

Here’s some ‘need to know’ for this draft before we get started.

2014 NFL Draft, Round 1 – Pick by Pick:

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

Here’s the dilemma I faced with the Saints pick.

So, if you were Mickey Loomis, wouldn’t you take the best player available at this point? Given the philosophy the Saints stick to, it’s safe to say that the obvious decision would be to draft Marqise Lee of USC.

Combine Notes

  • Combine Profile
  • 4.43 40-yard dash
  • Broad Jump: 127″ (Combine Top Performer)
  • Vertical Jump: 38″
  • 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.01 seconds
  • 40-Yard Shuttle: 4.52 seconds

Physical Attributes 

  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 192 lbs
  • Hands: 9 1/2″
  • Arm Length: 31 3/4″

Saints’ Track History – Previous First Round Picks Used On Wide Receivers

  • 2007 – Robert Meachem, Tennessee
  • 2002 – Donté Stallworth, Tennessee
  • 1982 – Lindsay Scott, Georgia
  • 1978 – Wes Chandler, Florida
  • 1995 – Robert Fields, Washington State
  • 1985 – Alvin Toles, Tennessee
  • 1974 – Rick Middleton, Ohio State

Why It Makes Sense for the Saints: Taking the best player available in the draft is pretty smart, assuming you can benefit from that position. In the team’s case, wide receiver makes sense. Lee has previously visited with the team, which gives him bonus points. The ‘straight-line speed’ that Lee is able to exhibit can make for some very potent looks for the New Orleans Saints offense. The team has four receivers with true NFL experience: Marques ColstonRobert Meachem, Kenny Stills, and Joe Morgan. The Saints could gain a true impact from day one. Along with Kenny Stills, and possibly Nick Toon, we could be looking at the future receiving corp for the New Orleans Saints.

The Reality: Although Lee has tremendous upside, there exists some concern with the injuries. Should the team bring in Lee, there will definitely be a big odd man out of the picture in New Orleans. Remember that the team mostly played four wide receivers in regular season games last season (Nick Toon was the odd man out). Bringing in Lee will most likely mean that someone like Andy Tanner or Nick Toon will most assuredly not make the final roster.

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