Tyler Raymond’s Saints Mock Draft 1.0

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In the last round of this mock draft, the Saints look to solidify the linebacker position by drafting Ohio State’s very own, Raekwon McMillan.

Reason For Selection:

The New Orleans Saints , after addressing needs at safety and defensive end, close out the third round helping the linebacker position. Someone that could be brought in to help solidify the position, along with Craig Robertson and Dannell Ellerbe, is absolutely needed this year.

What Raekwon McMillan Brings to the Saints: 

In 2016, Raekwon McMillan had 102 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 5 passes defended against. McMillan not only helped a productive Ohio State defense function, he ended up becoming the defensive captain too. Among his other general athleticism, and versatility, Raekwon McMillan provides adequate coverage as a linebacker. To say the least.

Dec 31, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) attempts to run the ball while being tackled by Ohio State buckeyes linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) during the second quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 31, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) attempts to run the ball while being tackled by Ohio State buckeyes linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) during the second quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

Raekwon McMillan is a productive athletic athlete more than capable of defending the thrown against some of college football’s premiere offensive weapons. From the countless videos I’ve seen, its evident McMillan can cover. Among other aspects of the linebacker, I personally enjoy McMillan’s personality. It’s obvious McMillan knows his talent and has a chip on a shoulder from the recent hate he’s been getting in terms of his coverage skills. This would be something I’d enjoy seeing on the Saints.A  productive young linebacker with a chip on his shoulder, making plays for the team that drafted him.

Let’s just get something aside here folks, the linebacker position is one of the hardest to manage on defense. Recently Draft prospect McMillan has been getting criticism despite his productiveness. Apparently, he can’t cover. Considering most linebackers in this day to succeed have to be able to cover offensive threats, this has frustrated the linebacker. McMillan knows he isn’t perfect by any means, no athlete is, but he knows his talent, and being hindered by a few blown coverages doesn’t hinder that at all. Check out the video in his tweet. That’s great coverage.

McMillan will transition well into the NFL partly due to his character, athleticism, and versatility. He’s a fascinating prospect worth at least a look as the NFL Draft rounds the corner.

Next: Christian McCaffrey is a 3-for-1 Special

These prospects listed above are just scratching the surface of the endless amount of possibilities and roads the New Orleans Saints could take as the 2017 NFL Draft approaches. Stay tuned as weeks progress, as Who Dat Dish covers more prospects that could be dawning Black, and Gold. 

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