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Tyler Raymond’s Saints Mock Draft 1.0

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SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Detailed view of a New Orleans Saints helmet on the sidelines during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The New Orleans Saints defeated the San Francisco 49ers 41-23. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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In the second round, the Saints fill their new need at safety with Washington’s Budda Baker.

Reason For Selection:

News broke February 28th, that the Saints would be releasing veteran safety Jairus Byrd the first day of Free Agency, March 9th. Beyond current safeties, Kenny Vaccaro, Vonn Bell, Roman Harper, and Erik Harris, the Saints now need to address this position. A new player should be brought in, not only to eventually replace Roman Harper and bring youth to the position, but to assist the Saints if they would like to try a three safety set.

ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Washington Huskies defensive back Budda Baker (32) during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between the Washington Huskies and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama defeated Washington by the score of 24-7 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Washington Huskies defensive back Budda Baker (32) during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between the Washington Huskies and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama defeated Washington by the score of 24-7 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

What Budda Baker Brings to the Saints:

If the Saints need a versatile, athletic, speedster at safety then look no further than Washington’s Budda Baker. Last season Baker totaled 70 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions, and 5 passes defended against. Although the numbers don’t exactly speak like they should, there is no denying that Budda Baker is a talented prospect. He’s worthy of the Saints second selection.

What I enjoy the most, beyond Baker’s athleticism and versatility, are his commitment to his role and his observational skills. For instance, in the Washington vs. Colorado game, Baker almost had an interception if it weren’t for him stepping out of bounds. The safety generally does well at diagnosing plays as they happen, and making game-changing plays for his team. Put that together with general versatility, good athleticism, incredible speed, and you have yourself the second pick of the New Orleans Saints’ 2017 NFL Draft.

From the tape I’ve watched, Baker’s abilities will surely grant him success as he transitions into the National Football League. Those abilities will, of course, assist any team Baker is drafted to.

Other Names I’d Consider If Available: 

Demarcus Walker, EDGE, Florida State

Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

With the 76th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select … 

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