ESPN’s Todd McShay released his NFL Mock Draft 2.0 this morning, and it has the New Orleans Saints addressing a huge need with the 13th overall selection. McShay has selected outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. from Florida.
Here’s what he had to say:
"Analysis: The Saints could consider Stanford left tackle Andrus Peat here and then move Terron Armstead inside, or they could fill their need at cornerback by drafting either of the top two prospects at the position, Washington’s Marcus Peters or Michigan State’s Trae Waynes. But Fowler has the versatility and relentlessness that Rob Ryan is looking for. He isn’t an elite athlete but has good flexibility, violent hands and efficient counter moves as a pass-rusher, and he has experience playing multiple spots among the D-line, as well as outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment."
We’ve previously highlighted Fowler Jr. in our combine/draft prospect profiles, and we’d like to think the Atlanta Falcons would jump all over at the opportunity of pairing up with Fowler Jr. After all, newly appointed head coach Dan Quinn recruited him to join the Florida Gators. However, with some uncertainty as to what penalty the Falcons may succumb to for their involvement with piping in crowd noise during their home games over the past two seasons, we don’t exactly know if they’ll even have a draft choice in the first round.
McShay’s first mock draft in December had the Saints trading back, and drafting offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings of Pittsburgh at 21st overall.
What do you think about the pick? Do you agree that outside linebacker is the best choice? Sound off below!
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