2016 New Orleans Saints mock draft, pre-scouting combine edition

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Nov 14, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at McLane Stadium. The Sooners defeat the Bears 44-34. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at McLane Stadium. The Sooners defeat the Bears 44-34. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints fill voids on both sides of the football in this latest mock draft before the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off at the end of the month in Indianapolis.

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Andrus Peat (Stanford) poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 13th overall pick to the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Mock drafts will be plentiful until the real deal rolls around in late April.  Teams will continue analyzing what went right and what went wrong in 2015, while trying to figure out how they can use their resources to either continue their success or fix the problems that occurred a season ago, whether it be via the free agent market or the NFL draft.

For the New Orleans Saints, a lot went wrong, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.  From bad reads to blown coverages, to problems as simple as missed tackles, it was a rough 2015 campaign.  In fact, the Saints have turned in three losing seasons in the last four years, as the defense continues to disappoint while the offense is still one of the league’s best.

With free agency just around the corner, and the draft not too far down the road either, New Orleans will try to do all it can to bring glory back to its fan base, the Who Dat Nation.

Aside from pro days and other workouts, players from the incoming rookie class have one more giant opportunity to impress coaches and scouts before draft day arrives at the end of April.  The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine will be held Feb. 23-29 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

In a class loaded to the brim with intriguing talent from round one to the seventh and final round, the New Orleans Saints will have a chance to make the proper upgrades and/or depth adjustments needed to get the once-feared organization back on a winning track.

Without any further delay, I give you my third mock draft, a pre-scouting combine edition where the Saints go heavy on defense, while also adding some assistance for star quarterback Drew Brees to keep the offense in tip-top shape.

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