10 players the New Orleans Saints must target in the 2016 NFL Draft

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Nov 22, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Tulsa Golden Hurricane wide receiver Keyarris Garrett (1) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Tulsa Golden Hurricane wide receiver Keyarris Garrett (1) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Myles Jack
September 5, 2015; Pasadena, CA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers running back Albert Reid (5) runs the ball against the defense of UCLA Bruins linebacker Myles Jack (30) during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

Target: Myles Jack
School: UCLA
Position: LB
Size: 6-foot-1, 245 LBS
Projected Round: 1, Top 10

If the New Orleans Saints are somehow able to score Jack with the 12th pick, then that would be a complete steal.  A trade up would be the likely scenario, which is possible, because the kid is worth it.

With question marks surrounding the health of Dannell Ellerbe, who played exceptionally well in the little time he saw on the field this season, the Saints MUST address the weakside linebacker position, perhaps the team’s biggest need.

Jack, who is making a full recovery from a tear in his knee in September, can do it all.  In fact, he has the talent to play all three linebacker positions in the Saints’ 4-3 scheme.  With a combination of athleticism (running back experience too), explosiveness, speed, and awareness, he has the ability to rush the passer and drop back into coverage — he’s great at both.  And he’s a play-maker, which is something else the Saints lacked on defense in 2015.

He lacks the ideal size and length coaches drool over for linebackers, however, it suits him well on the weakside.  Jack is somebody who could help solve the pass-rushing problems while also assist in covering big receivers and tight ends — another huge issue for the Saints this season.  A Stephone Anthony, Hau’oli Kikaha, Myles Jack combination at linebacker could potentially become a top tandem in the NFL.

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