2016 NFL Draft: 7 players for the New Orleans Saints to target in each round
Round 3, Pick 78
Joshua Garnett, Guard, Stanford
6-foot-4, 312 LBS
An attacking, physical, guard who’s solid at pass and run blocking, Garnett won the 2015 Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in the nation. That alone shows you he is worthy of a third-round pick. His stock has been climbing as of late, and he could go earlier than the third, but if he is there for the New Orleans Saints, expect them to take a hard look at him.
Sebastain Tretola, Guard, Arkansas
6-foot-4, 314 LBS
Tretola is a solid pass blocker with room to improve, but he is a nasty run blocker. I know the Saints are more of a passing team, so if they did decide to take him, running back Mark Ingram would certainly be a happy camper. He isn’t near as athletic as some other guards in this draft, but he is one of the strongest and has the overall skills to be a good player at the next level.
Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
6-foot-6, 285 LBS
If the New Orleans Saints have not addressed the defensive end position by now, look no further. Kaufusi is an athletic pass rusher with good size and a high motor. He has all the traits NFL teams want in a pass rusher. He was a two-sport athlete and his dad is a coach, so he has that never quit mentality.
Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
6-foot-1, 293 LBS
Day is a big man who is extremely athletic for his size. To show off his athleticism, he did linebacker drills at the NFL Combine and looked pretty good at it. That alone should show you that he could be a force in the NFL. He gives great effort and would be a nice addition to New Orleans’ defensive line.
Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
6-foot-7, 277 LBS
Nassib was mainly a special teams player during his college career but then shined his senior year, leading the nation in sacks with 15.5 and adding six forced fumbles in the process. Sacks and turnovers are exactly what the Saints need for their defense, so why not take one of the best in the nation at it in the third round? The only thing that may scare New Orleans away is that Nassib found success in only one season rather than throughout his entire career.
Jihad Ward, DE/DT, Illinois
6-foot-5, 297 LBS
Ward is another versatile lineman who can play both defensive end and tackle depending on the situation. He also played wide receiver and safety in junior college, which should tell you that he is an athletic prospect. He’s another defensive lineman who is kind of under the radar because of the depth in this year’s draft. He’s still raw at the position but puts in the work and has big upside.
Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
6-foot-3, 301 LBS
A good pass-rushing defensive tackle who has moves and counter moves to get to the quarterback, Washington uses his hands well and has great footwork. However, off the field issues have been a problem, which is why he probably drops to the third round. The New Orleans Saints don’t usually draft players with red flags, but they may take a chance on him if they can find a sense of trust.
Next: Round 4