The ‘early’ 7-Round New Orleans Saints mock draft

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Fans gather at DraftTown in Grant Park before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Fans gather at DraftTown in Grant Park before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jaylon Smith
Oct 31, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) leaves the field after Notre Dame defeated the Temple Owls 24-20 at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 4, Pick 14

Previous choice: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State

An unfortunate injury has really killed Jaylon Smith‘s draft stock. However, don’t tell him that. The Fighting Irish linebacker has worked hard and staying patient through his rehab to prove that teams should take a chance on him in 2016. The greatest question is: how far does he fall? In this particular mock, it was hard to pass him up as a fourth-round choice.

Smith is one of those rare breeds that possesses it all. He has size, speed, length, burst, pursuit, smarts, and a real knack in coverage. The New Orleans Saints reportedly had Smith on their radar at the end of January, and even though some reports state that the once projected Top 10 prospect may not even see action in 2016, he’s worth a look as someone you could stash on injured reserve. You hope that Smith doesn’t turn out to be the next Marcus Lattimore, but what if he became the next Willis McGahee?

Next: Round 5

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