One last seven-round 2016 New Orleans Saints mock draft

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Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) reacts during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) reacts during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints have voids to manage on both sides of the football as they look to get back on a contending track, so we give them a head start as the countdown to draft day nears its end.

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Mocks will be in abundance as we close in on the 2016 NFL Draft.  Currently, the New Orleans Saints are in ownership of six picks, assuming they avoid any trades that would result in sacrificing or acquiring additional selections.

No, the Saints do not have nine picks like they had last year, but there is a positive outlook — consider cornerback P.J. Williams and pass rusher Davis Tull rookies.  After missing all of last season, the 2015 third-rounder (Williams) and fifth-rounder (Tull) will both look to play key roles on defense in the upcoming season.

The return of Williams and Tull is good news for Dennis Allen’s unit.  Adding some additional talent in free agency with a very limited budget was also a potential step in the right direction, but the defensive side of the ball must continue to be addressed, and we do so in my final mock draft before the real one kicks off next week, beginning in the first round…

Next: Round 1: Pass rush

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