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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GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Matt Judon (9) celebrates a career high season, having broken Grand Valley's all-time record for sacks. Grand Valley defeats Ashland with a final score of 45-28 Nov. 22 at Ashland University.
GVL / Kevin Sielaff – Matt Judon (9) celebrates a career high season, having broken Grand Valley’s all-time record for sacks. Grand Valley defeats Ashland with a final score of 45-28 Nov. 22 at Ashland University. /

Round 7, Pick 16

Previous choice: Steve Longa, OLB, Rutgers

I hear what you’re saying. ‘Really John? You’re waiting until the last round to get a pass rusher?” Sure, this just about contradicts everything.

My thought process is simple: the Saints will get their pass rusher through free agency. However, the selection of Lakers defensive end Matt Judon isn’t just anyone. I believe this red shirt senior could shoot up draft boards before it’s all said and done. Judon dominated Division II football in 2015 by turning in 20.0 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

Judon’s stellar production was rewarded by taking down multiple awards, including GLIAC defensive lineman of the year. He was on several team’s scouting lists at the beginning of the season. Had it not been for a tweaked meniscus, Judon would have been in the East-West Shrine Game.

Granted, D2 football typically doesn’t give you the type of offensive tackle caliber that you’ll see in the NFL, but Judon has very desirable traits both physically and mentally that could easily put him on a team’s radar during the draft. Selecting him as a developmental project to grow won’t be a bad thing.

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