2016 NFL Draft: 7 players for the New Orleans Saints to target in each round
Round 1, Pick 12
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
6-foot-1, 245 LBS
Jack is one of the top players in this year’s draft, so there is no possible way he could be there at 12 for the New Orleans Saints, right? Well, according to a lot of reports, some teams are a little nervous due to his knee problems. Todd McShay’s latest mock draft actually has him falling to the Atlanta Falcons at number 17. I would imagine if Jack is available to the Saints, they’ll run to the podium.
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
6-foot-3, 270 LBS
Shaq Lawson is one of the few guys in this year’s draft who is good at the run and the pass. He has a good motor and gives effort on every play and could be that missing pass rusher the Saints have been looking for.
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
6-foot-2, 221 LBS
This would likely be a case of the “best player available” approach. Treadwell would help make a top offense spectacular. Not only is he the top wide receiver in this year’s draft, but he is also one of the best blocking wide receivers. He would be a perfect fit in the New Orleans Saints offense and Drew Brees would be very happy.
A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
6-foot-4, 307 LBS
Robinson is a dominant force in the middle of the defense who doesn’t get pushed off his spot. Considered to be one of the top defensive tackles in the draft, he would help the Saints’ run defense immediately. He is a great run-stuffer who has a lot of potential to be a star at the next level. Robinson has the ideal frame for a defensive tackle in the NFL and will surprise you with athleticism.
Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
6-foot-1, 300 LBS
Rankins is athletic for his size and one of the top pass-rushing defensive tackles in the draft. He is powerful and explosive off the ball and uses his hands well. He would be a nice addition to the Saints’ defensive line and could help them at getting after opposing quarterbacks.
Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
6-foot-2, 251 LBS
Spence is a talented edge rusher with a good variety of moves to get to the quarterback. He dominated at his level and could transition well into the NFL. The New Orleans Saints are missing a speed rusher off the edge and he could fill that role. He had off the field issues a few years back, but the Saints may believe he has grown and learned from his mistakes.
Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
6-foot-1, 247 LBS
Intelligent, athletic, instinctive, versatile, and hard-hitting are what come to mind when I think of Ragland. He can play every linebacker position, which is why he would be a great fit for the Saints. Whether New Orleans is playing a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, it won’t matter — Ragland can shine in either. His intelligence is what truly sticks out for me. He diagnosis plays quickly and then reacts. One thing is for sure — Ragland lays the wood when he tackles you.
Next: Round 2