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Dayton Brown’s Saints Mock Draft 1.0

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Dec 18, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 48-41. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 48-41. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 29, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Clemson defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (25) prevents Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Travis Rudolph (15) from making a second quarter catch at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Clemson defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (25) prevents Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Travis Rudolph (15) from making a second quarter catch at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 1, Pick 32: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

By this point in the draft, most of the top secondary prospects will have already been taken. This includes Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore and Marlon Humphrey. With the final pick in the first round, New Orleans must go the cornerback route to bolster a lowly (but greatly-improving) pass defense. To me, minus those prospects listed above, Tankersley has the highest ceiling for any lockdown cornerback in this draft class.

His 6’1″ lengthy frame gives him the size to compete with any receiver and even shut some down when he enters the league. He absolutely shut down Louisville in a crucial matchup last season, making way for his draft stock to skyrocket. His game models that of Richard Sherman combined with Delvin Breaux, and he will only get better the more he plays.

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