Saints Draft

NFL Mock Draft: New Orleans Saints 7 Rounder

shootsmcgavin
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
5 of 5
Next

Oct 4, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Montell Cozart (2) rushes the ball against West Virginia Mountaineers defensive lineman Shaquille Riddick (4) during the first quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Why: Like linebackers, the Saints must continue stacking up on the defensive line.  Riddick would bring in immediate competition for playing time and he could also wind up being another late-round steal as possibly the best edge guy on the board. His size and explosiveness are very promising for NFL production.

" >

186

Shaquille Riddick

DE, West Virginia

Round 6, pick 186

Analysis: A nice, tall frame (6-foot-6, 242 pounds), speed and undeniable explosiveness off the snap make Shaquille Riddick a promising pass rusher at the next level. He plays with a high motor, which is something Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis look for.  He has limited FBS experience after transferring from FCS level Gardner-Webb in 2014, which will affect his draft stock. His thin build could use a little bulking and strength could use some work as well, but Riddick could wind up paying generously to a team willing to take a gamble.

Why: Like linebackers, the Saints must continue stacking up on the defensive line.  Riddick would bring in immediate competition for playing time and he could also wind up being another late-round steal as possibly the best edge guy on the board. His size and explosiveness are very promising for NFL production.

Sep 21, 2013; Iowa City, IA, USA; USA Iowa Hawkeyes guard Andrew Donnal (78) blocks against the Western Michigan Broncos during the first quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Well, there you have it, my NFL Mock Draft 2.0.  You may be thinking why I waited until the fifth round to address a receiver. After re-signing Joe Morgan, a cheaper option, the Saints can wait on a guy and continue to address the defense. We can’t forget about Nick Toon, Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones, who Sean Payton has high hopes for.

Where’s the tight end to fill the Jimmy Graham void, you ask?  He’s already on the roster, and his name is Josh Hill.  Check him out, because he’s going to be very good.  Veteran Benjamin Watson has also stapled himself into a nice backup role.  The undrafted free agent market is where I believe the Saints will add depth to that position.

After signing Kyle Wilson for slot duties, I decided to pass on cornebacks as well.  I think with him, Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner, the team is set.  Stanley Jean-Baptiste (second-round pick last year) is also ready to make an appearance while some other CBs flashed their abilities at times.  The UDFA market will offer additional competition.

Quarterback?  Let’s wait till next year.  Brees is not done, nor is he declining.  A better defense and offensive line will reduce turnovers this year.  The team is high on Ryan Griffin and there just really aren’t any prospects that stick out after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

While mock drafts are simply a guessing game, a draft like this could help get the Saints back on track for a playoff push in 2015.  These are all special athletes, all with their own unique set of skills.  This should be one of the more exciting drafts in recent memory.

Next: Saints Draft Prospects: Vic Beasley

More from Who Dat Dish

facebooktwitterreddit