2016 NFL Draft: 7 players for the New Orleans Saints to target in each round

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Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland (19) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2015 Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland (19) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2015 Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /
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D.J. Pettway
Sep 20, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker D.J. Pettway (57) pressures Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) for an incomplete pass in the second quarter of their game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 7, Pick 237

Shaneil Jenkins, DE, Shepherd
6-foot-3, 284 LBS

He is a big guy and ran a 4.78 40-yard dash, which is pretty impressive for a guy of that size.  Most people haven’t really heard of him since he is at such a small school, but the guy has been productive with 23 tackles for loss this year and could help the Saints not only on defense, but on special teams as well.

Moritz Boehringer, WR, German Football League
6-foot-4, 227 LBS

I really just started hearing about Boehringer, but with his size and speed (4.43 40-yard dash), you pay attention to him.  He hasn’t played football that long and is very raw, but with that much talent and potential, I would think he is definitely worth a seventh-round pick.  His stock is climbing and may not be there in the seventh, but I think if he is, the Saints may take him.

Mike Jordan, CB, Missouri Western
6-feet, 200 LBS

Jordan is another guy you may have never heard of, but in the seventh round, a lot of players are unheard of. This guy has above average ball skills and is a hard hitter.  Not only has he played cornerback, but he also has experience at safety.  Versatility in the seventh round is nice to find, and someone who is a heavy hitter is good because they can bring that to special teams as well.

D.J. Pettway, DE, Alabama
6-foot-2, 265 LBS

Pettway is good at mixing speed with power and was very effective at Alabama rotating in for others in certain situations.  He wasn’t as productive as many players, but he didn’t get as many snaps as most guys. However, when he was in the game, he left it all on the field.  He’s a bit undersized for a defensive end but is relentless and is quick to react during plays.

Eric Rawls, CB, Kentucky State
6-foot-2, 195 LBS

Rawls has the ideal size and frame to be an NFL corner. One thing that stands out to me is his play-making skills, which flash well on some plays.  Sure, it was against Division II competition, but many great players have made the leap from Division II to the NFL.

Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Miss
5-foot-11, 195 LBS

Reed may not be that tall, but what he lacks in height he brings in physicality.  This guy is very instinctive and not afraid to come up and play the run like a bunch of corners are.  I think he could make the team through special teams and then develop and become a decent nickel corner.

Antwoine Williams, ILB, Gerorgia Southern
6-foot-3, 245 LBS

Williams has the potential to be a stud on special teams.  His size alone is intriguing enough to draft him in the seventh round, but he was very productive in college too.  He is a thumper when he gets a hold of the ball carrier, which is another reason I think he could be a good special teams player.  He has pretty good instincts and could find his way in a backup spot at linebacker.

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