The ‘still early’ New Orleans Saints 7-Round Mock Draft

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view as the Tennessee Titans make their pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view as the Tennessee Titans make their pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 27, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad defensive end Jarran Reed of Alabama (90) works his way through a tackling dummy drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 27, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad defensive end Jarran Reed of Alabama (90) works his way through a tackling dummy drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 2, Pick 16

Previous choice: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

Again, I feel the need to go to the defensive side of the ball with the team’s first two picks. The only defensive tackle I feel comfortable with going into 2016 is Tyeler Davison, who I peg as a breakout candidate for the new season. Luckily, Alabama’s Jarran Reed was there again for the black and gold in this particular mock draft.

At 6-foot-4, 313 pounds, Reed’s size on the interior line would help improve the Saints run defense instantly. Reed is no stranger to taking on blockers on the inside, which allows him to focus on stopping running backs at the point of attack. He has the speed to become a better pass rusher, and could really use his size to achieve more. However, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be there on Day 2.

Next: Round 3

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