Saints Draft

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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Nov 25, 2016; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Josh Augusta (97) enters the field on Senior Day before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Faurot Field. Missouri won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2016; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Josh Augusta (97) enters the field on Senior Day before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Faurot Field. Missouri won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

Josh Augusta, NT

Behind Tyeler Davison, the Saints don’t have a single prospect fit to play NT. Enter Josh Augusta, the big man from Missouri.

Augusta has one thing going for him: size. That’s about it. But when you’re looking for a NT, sometimes size is all you want. Especially when you’re looking at the end of the 7th round.

Augusta needs to work on his technique, lower his pad level and develop some semblance of quickness as a rusher. But considering the Saints have Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley as their projected DT pass rushers, Augusta could come in and compete as a early-down option behind Davison.

Augusta could work to swallow up offensive lineman and allow the Saints linebackers to get after running backs. And he could, with some growth, emerge as a late-round sleeper of a NT with excellent size. You can’t teach size.

Next: Team Standings: Defense

And that’s a draft. The Saints come away with ten players, and fill almost every positional hole they have. They double dip at DE and CB even after landing first-round talents at both positions. They address their aging offensive line, add a weapon in Curtis Samuel, and finally snag an LSU player.

Let me know what you think.

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