The ‘final’ 7-Round New Orleans Saints mock draft

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Sep 3, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; a New Orleans Saints helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; a New Orleans Saints helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Vernon Butler speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Vernon Butler speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 2, Pick 16

Previous choice: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

It’s hard to go against the theory of improving defensively when you have a perfect opportunity to do so. Louisiana Tech’s Vernon Butler would absolutely compliment the Lawson choice in the first round. Butler would instantly improve both the pass rushing and run stopping for Dennis Allen’s defense. He’s drawn comparisons to Muhammed Wilkerson of the New York Jets.

Butler played multiple positions for the Bulldogs, which further speaks to his appealing versatility. Butler put in a strong Senior Bowl, but didn’t follow that up with the strongest Combine performance. However, analysts are still very high on him because of his tape. Butler has a long reach and displays good burst from an interior lineman, and when you couple that with his raw power and agility, it makes him a solid choice in a very deep class.

In reality, Butler could absolutely be a Day One pick towards the end of the round. However, I’m annoyingly optimistic that the chips fall.

Next: Round 3

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