The ‘nearly there’ 7-Round New Orleans Saints mock draft

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Sep 3, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; a New Orleans Saints helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; a New Orleans Saints helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 30, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad dc Deiondre
Jan 30, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad dc Deiondre’ Hall of Northern Iowa (20) in the second quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 4, Pick 14

Previous choice: Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame

There might be a slight elephant in the room for the New Orleans Saints, which is the need to discuss the cornerback spot. Sure, you could roll the dice on the team getting a healthy Keenan Lewis back and banking on Damian Swann’s concussion history to diminish. You could also look for P.J. Williams to make his mark in his first real season of action. However, if you really want the Saints to fix the secondary issues, then Northern Iowa’s Deiondre’ Hall is well worth the look.

At 6-foot-2, 199 pounds, Hall draws a comparison to Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson. His press coverage is fueled by his long reach, and exhibits natural instincts for ball location. Hall was key in run support for the Panthers, contributing 82 tackles for their defense. The Panthers also used him from the safety slot, which brings some intrigue as to where he could be used for a pro team. If teams were to eye him as a safety, then he’d need to add some weight.

Be sure to check out our sister site, Big Easy Believer, for a full analysis on Hall.

Next: Round 5

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