New Orleans Saints get Beasley, Dorsett in McShay Mock 5.0


ESPN analyst Todd McShay released his latest NFL mock draft with the New Orleans Saints capturing Clemson standout pass rusher Vic Beasley and the lightning-fast Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett in the first round.

Both are intriguing athletes and would be outstanding picks for the Black and Gold, especially if Beasley were to fall to the Saints with the No. 13 overall pick.  As his mock drafts continue, McShay continues to have the Clemson standout fall into the hands of Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis.

His thoughts on Beasley:

"Analysis: I have Beasley ranked as the No. 41 prospect on my board, but I know many evaluators are higher on him than I am. He was incredibly productive at Clemson and blew the doors off the combine with an exceptional workout, but the lack of physicality and power to his game is concerning to me. Still, the Saints’ biggest need is at pass-rusher, and Beasley has the potential to be a good one."

My thoughts:

The Bednarik Award (college defensive player of the year) and Lombardi Award (best college football lineman or linebacker) finalist is a bit smaller than scouts and coaches prefer, but his strength and performance certainly overshadow his size .  Plus, his frame has plenty of room for filling out and growing bigger, which he showed after bulking up 20 pounds prior to the scouting combine.

He may have more burst than any pass rusher in the 2015 class, and due to his broad shoulders and long arms, Beasley is also one of the most powerful of all the incoming rookies.  However, unlike Todd McShay, I don’t see Beasley falling to the New Orleans Saints — after a superb scouting combine performance it will be tough.  But then again, he’s the draft expert, so I hope he’s right.

Check out these official 2014 highlights of Beasley from the ACC Digital Network:

His thoughts on Dorsett:

"Analysis: The Saints got a pass-rusher in Vic Beasley with the No. 13 pick, so we’ll have them address another need by drafting a wide receiver here. They need to get Drew Brees some more weapons after trading away both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, and Dorsett is one of the best playmakers in this draft class. He has elite speed, but unlike some burners, he possesses the ability to smoothly get in and out of cuts to create separation, and his ability to accelerate off of cuts is a rare quality shared by most of the NFL’s best open-field runners. He’s also a natural pass-catcher, and is not only a vertical threat but could be an effective slot receiver in the pros as well."

I like the Phillip Dorsett pick, but I also like the idea of him falling into the second round with the possibility of the New Orleans Saints snagging him at 44.  After trading away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, New Orleans will likely pursue an additional pass catcher.  Will it be early, or will it be late?  We don’t know, but it will happen.

My co-editor, John Hendrix, analyzed Dorsett to where he fits in with the Saints.  His thoughts:

"Speed is something that is treasured in a Sean Payton offense, and Dorsett is a true playmaker. By having a player like Dorsett that can really stretch the field as a deep threat, it could yield way for players like Joe Morgan to become more of a possession style receiver. Of course, having two threats like Dorsett and Morgan could prove to be quite appealing for Drew Brees. I could see the Saints potentially landing him with the 44th overall selection, if they choose to pursue him."

Check out these official 2014 highlights of Dorsett from the ACC Digital Network:

Be sure to check out all of our rookie profiles at the Who Dat Dish draft hub.  The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is set to kick off Thursday, April 30 in Chicago.

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