Pre-NFL Combine New Orleans Saints mock draft

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Oct 10, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle Austin Johnson (99) reacts after sacking Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Zander Diamont (not pictured) during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O
Oct 10, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle Austin Johnson (99) reacts after sacking Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Zander Diamont (not pictured) during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O /
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Henry Krieger Coble
Nov 21, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Henry Krieger Coble (80) stiff arms Purdue Boilermakers safety Brandon Roberts (1) in the first quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports /

Undrafted Free Agents:  Henry Krieger-Coble, TE, Iowa

With all three of the Saints’ 2015 tight ends not signed through next season, they’ll probably add some new blood to the position this spring.  One candidate I’m a big fan of is Iowa product Henry Krieger-Coble.  I noticed Krieger-Coble at Senior Bowl practices.  His technique on vertical routes was lowkey advanced and I loved his tenacity as a blocker, even if he was a little undersized (6-foot-3, 248 pounds).

Krieger-Coble is an intense player in every phase.  He runs hard, throws some staggering blocks, and mixes it up on special teams.  He helped pave the way for Iowa’s run-first offense the last few years though he wasn’t used often enough as a receiver.  He shouldn’t start for anyone in the NFL at tight end, but he can absolutely get involved in two- and three-tight end formations.

Combining Krieger-Coble’s skill set with other complete tight ends like Michael Hoomanawanui and Benjamin Watson (or looking at other options like veteran Jermaine Gresham or Dwayne Allen) would open up the New Orleans Saints’ offense in ways it hasn’t been used before.  The ability to throw or pass with the same personnel on the field would help bring back the unpredictability and potential for mismatches that have been lacking.

Next: Just how deep is this defensive line class?

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