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New Orleans Saints: 5 Late-Round Gems to Consider at NFL Draft

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Jan 20, 2015; Fairhope, AL, USA; South squad wide receiver Dezmin Lewis of Central Arkansas (15) pulls in a pass during practice at Fairhope Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

5. Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas

Projected to go in the mid to late rounds, Lewis sports the size (6-foot-4) and athletic build coaches look for in a good wide receiver.  He was a three-time Southland Conference selection at Central Arkansas, finishing second in school history with 197 career receptions and third in yards and touchdowns with 2,618 and 24.

He lacks the ideal top-end speed you want from a wideout, but I’m sure Saints fans can think of a current big man in New Orleans who is also not the speediest guy at his position.  Marques Colston, who has been a staple in the offense since being stolen out of the seventh round in 2006 draft, is on the decline due to health and age.  A guy like Lewis, who shares the same physical traits, may make for a nice option to eventually fill the shoes of the “Quiet Storm.”

With great size, impressive route running skills and hands that rarely disappoint, Sean Payton and company may want to keep Dezmin Lewis on their radar next week.

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