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New Orleans Saints: Dean Mullen’s Mock Draft 2.0

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 11: The New Orleans Saints logo is seen on the field during a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 11, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 11: The New Orleans Saints logo is seen on the field during a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 11, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 25: North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Matthew Dayes (21) leaps across the goal line for a touchdown during the NCAA football game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the North Carolina Tar Heels on November 25, 2016, at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.(Photo by Chris Rodier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 25: North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Matthew Dayes (21) leaps across the goal line for a touchdown during the NCAA football game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the North Carolina Tar Heels on November 25, 2016, at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.(Photo by Chris Rodier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

This name would’ve been off the many of team’s radar just months ago. Presently, Matthew Dayes is skyrocketing up the charts of many rankings. Draftek.com has his stock up 37 points recently. Dayes would have been listed on most boards as an undrafted free agent in most circles. Consequently, now he is listed on some boards in the fifth round.

Dayes stands at 5-foot-9 and 207 lbs. The added bonus to this pick is his experience as a kick returner. He hails from the Wolfpack at North Carolina St. Furthermore, he’s rumored to be able to run a 4.37 40-yard dash.

The Saints are in need of both. Dayes is ranked at #16 out of 219 running backs at current. He ran for 10 rushing TD’s and 1,119 yard total. Dayes was the first player from N.C. St. to run for over 1,000 yards since 2002. Dayes has great vision and likes to hit the hole quick. His blocking could no doubt use some improvement. He has the bad habit of just going low all the time. This pick could be a surprise for many. Eventually, Who Dat Nation will end up loving this guy.

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