The latest NFL mock draft from ESPN analyst Mel Kiper has been released, and it has the New Orleans Saints addressing both offense and defense in the first round. Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory takes his talents to the bayou at pick No. 13 while USC wideout Nelson Agholor lands in the Big Easy at No. 31 overall.
Kiper’s analysis on Gregory:
"There’s no question that Gregory has seen his stock slide in recent weeks, as the question of how dependable he can be off the field gets tacked onto the question of whether his size will be an issue. But with two first-round picks, a bet on getting the best out of Gregory isn’t a bad one to make right here for the Saints, because he’s got so much talent. He offers length, and explosiveness that plays up both on tape and when he’s sprinting in Under Armour. There are some concerns about his lean frame, but I think he’s a lot better against the run than his frame might indicate, and if he can stay on the field I think he has a chance to be a star."
Randy Gregory is an intriguing prospect with a very high ceiling as a dominant pass rusher, but that failed drug test (marijuana) at the combine has caused him to slide down the board. He’d be a great fit for the New Orleans Saints, but are Sean Payton and company willing to take the risk?
Gregory’s NFL Scouting Combine measurables:
Weight: 235 LBS
Arm length: 34 inches
Hands: 10 inches
40-yard dash: 4.64 secs
Bench press (225 LBS): 24 reps
Vertical jump: 36.5 inches
Broad jump: 125.0 inches (top of class)
Kiper’s analysis on Agholor:
"The Saints addressed the pass rush earlier in Round 1, and now they can dip into the depth at wide receiver in this class and get an experienced, underrated pass-catcher who can come in and play right away. The team is without Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, Marques Colston is now 31, and Brandin Cooks will be coming back from an injury. Agholor is a very good route runner, has good hands, and is quietly an explosive athlete who can set up defenders and create space underneath or beat defenses over the top. This is a deep wide receiver class, but the Saints should get someone with early-impact potential, and Agholor fits the bill."
With speed and good hands, the New Orleans Saints could certainly find a place for Agholor. Kiper says he goes in the first round, I say he falls to the second round. If the Black and Gold do address the wide receiver position at No. 31, I believe there are better options, but you still can’t deny his talent.
Agholor’s NFL Scouting Combine measurables:
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 198 LBS
Hands: 9 1/4 inches
Arm length: 32 1/4 inches
40-yard dash: 4.42 seconds
Bench press (225 LBS): 12 reps
Previous mock drafts by Mel Kiper:
3.0 – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
2.0 – Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida
1.0 – Vic Beasley
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