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Ty’s 7-Round Saints Mock Draft 1.0

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TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 18: Reuben Foster #10 of the Crimson team reacts to a play during the University of Alabama Crimson Tide A-day spring game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 18: Reuben Foster #10 of the Crimson team reacts to a play during the University of Alabama Crimson Tide A-day spring game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Taylor Moton, OT/G

Yes, I know, Taylor Moton is not a cornerback. But before you throw your phone: this is a deep draft at CB, and the Saints need some assurances at the backend of the OL.

Moton is the perfect swing OL that the Saints covet and so badly need. He’s slated to play at the right side of the line (perfect!) and can fill in either at RT or RG. Jahri Evans and Zach Strief are both bound to collapse at some point in the future, and it’s never to early to start thinking about their replacements.

Andrus Peat was meant to be Strief’s replacement, and the Saints drafted him two years ago. Now that he seems firmly entrenched at LG, that leaves the cupboard concerningly bare besides swing OL Senio Kelemete.

Enter Taylor Moton. He’s a bit in the mold of Zach Strief. On the slow side of RTs, but massive, and with sound technique. He’s got the measureables, from his length to his lower body strength. He moves decently well, don’t get me wrong, he’s no Landon Turner. And he’s faster than Strief is at this point in his career.

The question with Moton will be whether or not he can defend the edge well enough. And after some bad moments with Strief, Saints fans may be apprehensive about that evaluation.

But Moton has all the tools to be the caliber player that Strief has been, and can also fill in at RG, where, as of now, the Saints are looking mighty thin.

In the third round, a versatile value with potential like Moton would be a great pick. Even if he doesn’t play in 2017, he’ll be a fixture on the offensive line for years to come. It just depends where they like him, at RG or as a tackle.

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