Ty Anania’s Seven Round Mock Draft 2.0

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Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints have some tough decisions to make entering the 2017 draft.

How early can they afford to address the offense? Do they look to take a quarterback? Who among the top defensive end prospects do they like with their first pick? How badly do they feel they need to address linebacker? If they don’t get Malcolm Butler, how many cornerbacks will they want to add to the group?

Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Perhaps most important of all their questions is who they bring in to revamp their defensive line. They badly need a pass rusher. They’ll certainly spend an early-round pick on the position, and will possibly double-dip down the line.

I firmly believe the Saints will land Malcolm Butler. I know many of you don’t like the idea of trading away a high draft pick for an expensive player, but Butler would be a HUGE upgrade to our secondary. If, as many suggest, the Saints should go all out to win one more in Brees’ closing window, Butler is the surest way to do that.

But I’m going forward with what picks the Saints have at the moment, and not going to speculate on the compensation they’d need to give up to get Butler. So this draft is Butler-less.

Let’s get started.

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