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New Orleans Saints: Top 5 Senior Bowl Targets

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January 30, 2016: A wide photo of Ladd-Peebles Stadium during the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. South squad won 27-16 over the North squad. (Photo by Scott Donaldson/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Scott Donaldson/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
January 30, 2016: A wide photo of Ladd-Peebles Stadium during the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. South squad won 27-16 over the North squad. (Photo by Scott Donaldson/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Scott Donaldson/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images) /
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CHAMPAIGN, IL – SEPTEMBER 10: Dawuane Smoot
CHAMPAIGN, IL – SEPTEMBER 10: Dawuane Smoot /

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 255 lbs.

Projected 40 yard dash: 4.76

Projected Round: 1-3

Welcome a prospect from the Big Ten Conference. Dawuane Smoot comes from the Illini and has a bright future. His stock is rising too. After high school, Smoot was not really highly touted to play football. Smoot came out as three star recruit and was ranked 68th for defensive ends. At this point, Smoot is ranked as high as #2 in many reviews. Quite a jump since his early days as a high school recruit.

In 2016, he had 56 tackles and 15 tackles for a loss. The Saints could use someone that could cause havoc in the backfield for sure. Smoot also had five sacks and two forced fumbles. His speed for being a big guy is supreme. Moreover, he has a great force to push pack the pocket with his drive. Smoot was originally to be thought to go in the third round. Arguably, Smoot could go as high as the first round.

There is no doubt a ton of talent in the draft this year with defensive ends. Watching the draft board will be key, if the Saints want to have a shot at him. It may not be a bad idea to draft two pass rushers in the first three rounds. Although, the Saints need plenty of holes to fill.

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