The latest NFL Mock Draft is out from ESPN’s Todd McShay, and it has the New Orleans Saints continuing to address the defense. However, this time it’s a different player at the 13th overall pick. McShay has chosen Clemson’s Vic Beasley for the black and gold.
Here’s what he had to say about the pick:
"Analysis: I’ve got cornerback, outside linebacker, inside linebacker and offensive line as the Saints’ biggest need areas, and in Beasley they’d be filling one of those while upgrading their pass rush. He turned in one of the best all-around workouts of the 322 players invited to this year’s combine. He still needs to improve the power element to his game, both as a pass-rusher and when setting the edge versus the run, but he provided some indication that he’ll be able to do exactly that by adding 26 pounds to his frame since last spring. Moreover, he has the fastest first step of any defender I’ve studied on tape this year, his football character is outstanding and he was remarkably productive at Clemson (44.5 tackles for loss and 25 sacks the past two seasons). This pick would make four edge rushers in the top 13."
Previous Selections by Todd McShay:
- Mock Draft 1.0 – OT T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh
- Mock Draft 2.0 – OLB Dante Fowler Jr., Florida
Previous Selections by Mel Kiper Jr:
- Mock Draft 1.0 – OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
- Mock Draft 2.0 – OLB Dante Fowler Jr. Florida
Other Prospect Movement: It’s worth noting that Kentucky’s outside linebacker, Alvin Dupree, fell all the way to 21st overall to the Cincinnati Bengals. LSU’s offensive lineman, La’el Collins, fell to 29th overall to the Indianapolis Colts. Dante Fowler Jr., who had been on previous mocks for the Saints, climbed all the way to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 3rd overall pick.
Beasley certainly fits the mold of what the New Orleans Saints will be looking for: a versatile outside edge rusher with speed, size, and agility. He’d be a perfect add for the Rob Ryan defense.
We’re likely going to hear many more ideas of where prospects fall from now until April 30, and as always, it’s a game of speculation as to who will go where in the NFL Draft.
Would you be satisfied with picking Vic Beasley, or are your hearts set on another player in the draft? Sound off below!
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