2016 NFL Draft: 7 players for the New Orleans Saints to target in each round
Round 2, Pick 47
Su’a Cravens, LB/S, USC
6-foot-1, 226 LBS
Cravens is a versatile player who can help backup Dannell Ellerbe at weakside linebacker in case he doesn’t stay healthy, or can fill the Rafael Bush void and be that third safety the New Orleans Saints need. He is a playmaker and would be a nice upgrade.
Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
6-foot-4, 323 LBS
Butler is a massive man who wreaks havoc in the backfield. If he is somehow there in the second round and the Saints haven’t addressed defensive tackle yet, I believe they will happily draft him. He has a ton of potential and is quite powerful at the line of scrimmage.
Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
6-foot-3, 314 LBS
An underrated player in a draft filled with talented defensive tackles, Clark often gets lost in the shuffle, but don’t let that fool you. He is talented at both run-stuffing and pass-rushing and could be one of the steals in the draft.
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
6-foot-4, 251 LBS
It would be nice for the New Orleans Saints to have a long, tall, athletic edge rusher opposite Cameron Jordan. Some see Calhoun as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but I think he can put on some weight and be an impressive defensive end at the next level.
Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State
6-foot-3, 243 LBS
Correa has a high motor, impressive speed off the edge, and he doesn’t give up on plays. He seems more like a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he could fit in for the Saints in multiple schemes and packages. Anyone who has skills at getting to the quarterback, which Correa possesses, can help the Black and Gold.
Cody Whitehair, Guard, Kansas State
6-foot-4, 301 LBS
One of the top linemen in the draft, Whitehair could be an instant starter at left or right guard for the Saints. He has played both the guard and tackle positions, which shows his versatility and athleticism. Drew Brees had problems staying clean in the pocket, and Whitehair will definitely help solve that problem.
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
6-foot-4, 273 LBS
Ognah is a raw, talented, athletic, big man who can rush the passer. If he is there for the Saints in the second round, he would have to be one of the top players on their board. He has the skills and size to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL and could be a day-one starter for New Orleans.
Next: Round 3