With the 12th Pick: 10 New Orleans Saints first-round NFL Draft prospects

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Oct 3, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) looks on prior to the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) looks on prior to the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas
Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) runs for a touchdown after making a catch against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half of the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State 

Again, the New Orleans Saints have far more worries (defense) than addressing the wide receiver position in the first round.  Michael Thomas might be a stretch, but he is a very doable option if the Saints are looking for a big wideout early and Laquon Treadwell is already off the board.  Marques Colston may be gone next season, which means New Orleans will need a young and fresh red-zone target in the wide receiver department.

At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Thomas could be the answer to the vacancy left by Colston.  Displaying good length, ball skills and separation ability, he can line up both inside and on the outside opposite the smaller Brandin Cooks.  Thomas, who with time, has a ceiling that could eventually help him develop into a true No. 1.

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