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Mel Kiper “Grade A” Mock Draft: 3 Rounds for New Orleans Saints


ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his latest “Grade A Mock Draft” on Thursday for the first three rounds.  He has the New Orleans Saints selecting Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory and Miami WR Phillip Dorsett in the first.

In the second round, Kiper sends Florida State guard Tre Jackson to the Big Easy, followed by Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson and Oklahoma offensive tackle Daryl Williams in the third.

Mel Kiper’s analysis:

"Analysis: Gregory might not find New Orleans entertaining, but I’m not drafting him to be a restaurant critic. In his rookie year, I want to cut him loose situationally as a pass-rusher and help us in an area in which we took a step backward last season. Gregory carries some risk because of off-field issues (he failed a test for marijuana at the NFL combine), but as a talent it’s hard to do much better at a position of need at No. 13. I’m going to bet my coaching staff can make it work because I just don’t see another pass-rusher worth taking right there. Dorsett adds big-time explosiveness in the passing game, a unit that is down Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. He’ll get compared to Brandin Cooks (not a bad thing), but he’s even more explosive as a field-stretcher. We have a clear need at guard, and Jackson is fair value in Round 2. I like Golson in Round 3 as a player who can come in and provide immediate help in the slot. He is fearless and will make plays on the ball. In Williams we’re getting a tackle who could either stay there (likelier on the right side) or be moved inside to guard. Plenty of needs addressed here."

Be sure to check out the Who Dat Dish Draft Hub for profiles on New Orleans Saints prospects like Randy Gregory, Phillip Dorsett and Senquez Golson.

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