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NFL Draft: Third day targets for the New Orleans Saints

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Folks, the New Orleans Saints are having themselves a nice draft. These haven’t been the most attractive picks, but this foundation is taking shape. The Saints enter the final day of the NFL Draft with four picks. Assuming there’s not movement, they’ll have to wait a while before they draft, as the team doesn’t have a fourth round selection (Seattle).

Current day selections:

  • 5th Round – 148th Overall
  • 5th Round – 154th Overall (acquired from Kansas City)
  • 6th Round – 186th Overall
  • 7th Round – 230th Overall

Previous selections:

Here are some of my favorite players the New Orleans Saints could potentially target today.

Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska

Kenny Bell, or Afro Thunder, is an extremely exciting prospect. Just seeing this guy smiling in pictures is someone I’d want to have on the sideline. He’s a truly gifted athlete, and can really burn defenses. During his stint with the Cornhuskers, Bell hauled in 181 passes for 2,689 yards (14.9 average). He had 21 receiving touchdowns to his name (also one rushing), and also handled some returning duties. Bell has great hands, and isn’t afraid to go up and get a pass. Upon first glimpse, Bell’s numbers may not be flashy, but remember that Nebraska is primarily a ‘run first’ team. Sean Payton values receivers that can block, which could help Bell’s case.

Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State

Tyeler Davison, or ‘Rhino’, is a defensive tackle that will be sure to attract some interest on the final day. Davison is said to be ‘built like an ox’, sitting at 6’2″, 316 pounds. NFL.com’s draft profile has compared him to Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills, which is a very generous comparison. Davison figures to be better for four man fronts, and tends to engage his defender more than focusing on the ball. He carries high marks in athleticism, strength, balance, and conditioning. He’s visited the Saints previously, so it wouldn’t be surprising for them to look his way. Davison was originally projected as a third or fourth round choice, so nabbing him late is going to be considered a steal. Either way, the Saints need to fill the void left by Tyrunn Walker on day three.

Mark Glowinski, OG, West Virginia

Common themes lie with Mark Glowinski, and that’s competitiveness and toughness. Glowinski impressed at the NFL Combine, finishing as one of the top performers. He has the size/frame (6’4″, 307 pounds) of a genuine offensive lineman. Glowinski has the knack for punishing defenders in the running game, but has respective opportunity in passing. If Glowinski is there late, then consider it a major steal for the Saints. He’s been projected between the fourth and fifth round. The Saints could position him as a guard or tackle (I’d say tackle), but either way he’d be a project.

Max Valles, OLB, Virginia

Valles is another player who declared early. Had he stayed another season in Virginia, his draft stock might have increased. Despite limited experience, Valles is a true pass rusher. According to his statistics, he had 23 percent of his 78 tackles (18) that were for losses. He also finished with 13 sacks in his two seasons with the Cavaliers. His strength was often unmatched when fending off opposing tight ends, and he even finished with 13 pass deflections in his time with Virginia. Valles could easily become a defensive end or outside linebacker for the New Orleans Saints. With the right direction and coaching, I believe they could maximize his potential, but don’t look for him to start out of the gate. He’s a very intriguing athlete, to say the least. Whoever is able to hit on this guy could gain an extremely powerful force down the line.

Terrence Magee, RB, LSU

Having personally watched a lot of Terrence Magee play at LSU, he’s simply a player that you grow to love. Magee did it all for the Tigers. He blocked, caught balls, ran hard, and always fell forward. He was in a running back by committee situation, but when his number was called, Magee generally came out on top. His character on the field speaks volumes, and has the traits that could prove beneficial to the Saints. It’s hard for me to imagine not getting a running back with four picks remaining. With Magee, it adds a player who is good at everything.

Other options out there for day three that I really like:

  • Kwon Alexander, DE/OLB, LSU
  • Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
  • Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
  • Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan State
  • Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas
  • Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
  • Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
  • Mike Hull, OLB, Penn State
  • Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware

Who would you like to see the Saints draft on day three? What positions do you feel are best suited for Sean Payton and company?

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