Round 7, Pick 16
It feels ludicrous waiting until the 7th Round to fill such a glaring need for the New Orleans Saints. While big targets Jaylon Smith, Myles Jack, and Su’a Cravens didn’t fall to the Saints in this respective mock draft, Steve Longa was available late.
Longa, a redshirt junior, played at all the linebacker spots (strong side, middle, weak side) for the Scarlet Knights. In three seasons with the team, Longa led all defenders in tackles. In each season since 2012, Longa amassed triple digits in tackles. He’s a fairly quick and instinctive player defender who has a knack for being around the ball.
The greatest hope would be that veteran Dannell Ellerbe gets completely healthy, and can be available for the entire 2016 season. However, Longa could be a nice prospect who could develop with the Saints.