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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Dec 30, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; LSU Tigers guard Vadal Alexander (74) takes the field prior to the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Music City Bowl at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 3, Pick 15

Previous choice: Vadal Alexander, G, LSU

For me, the third round is the sweet spot for drafting a guard if I’m in the New Orleans Saints driver seat. This is the fourth straight mock draft that has the team taking an important position at this particular pick. The choice hasn’t changed from the last mock draft, as LSU’s Vadal Alexander gets the nod to play for the hometown team he grew up rooting for.

Alexander assisted in opening holes and lanes for Heisman Hopeful Leonard Fournette, using his 6-foot-5, 326-pound frame to his advantage. During his career at LSU, Alexander started 21 games a tackle and 25 games guard. The versatility is an added bonus, but clearly he’d fit the bill as a guard for the New Orleans Saints. He doesn’t have the blazing speed you’d look for to aid the Saints offensive screen and short game, but the natural power and frame Alexander uses against defenders is where he wins. He’d be a strong left guard candidate.

Alexander could hear his name called as early as the second round, but I see the Saints lucking out for once and selecting him.

Next: Round 4

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