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Tyler Raymond’s Seven Round Saints Mock Draft 3.0

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ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 26: Taco Charlton #33 of the Michigan Wolverines in action against the BYU Cougars during a game at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 26: Taco Charlton #33 of the Michigan Wolverines in action against the BYU Cougars during a game at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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The Saints find a wide receiver with the potential to do great things in New Orleans with their first selection of the third round.

Reason For Selection: 

After the departure of wide receiver Brandin Cooks, most would argue that someone should be brought in to help alleviate the situation, and give someone else for Drew Brees to throw to. Although veteran receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was brought in, it wouldn’t hurt to have a little competition with this addition. In this version of my mock draft, I have the Saints selecting a wide receiver to not only provide another weapon for Drew Brees but to have another piece in the puzzle opposing defenses would have to plan for.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 04: Wide receiver Carlos Henderson of Louisiana Tech in action. During day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 04: Wide receiver Carlos Henderson of Louisiana Tech in action. During day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

What Carlos Henderson Brings To The Saints:

 Despite his size (Henderson measures at 5’11”, 199 pounds), Carlos Henderson is a playmaking threat any team could afford to select. Attributes Henderson has that will generally allow him to succeed despite his short stature, attributes such as general strength, good agility, and speed, and good hands will allow him hopefully a good roster spot come April. In his career with Louisiana Tech, Carlos Henderson totaled 147 receptions for 2,878 yards and 28 touchdowns.

One aspect I personally am fond of in Henderson is his ability not only to catch passes as a receiver but to return punts and kicks. In this day and age in the National Football League, teams love athletes that can come in and play as versatile assets. This ability I think will help to solidify his position somewhere in the draft. As far as what Henderson achieved returning kicks, Henderson on 79 returns acquired 2094 yards, an average of just under 27 yards per return.

As of right now, it’s up in the air as far as it goes where Carlos Henderson will end up going. Some analysts are having Henderson as early as the second round, but who knows. There has been a little buzz lately surrounding Henderson with his draft stock. I decided to select the receiver with my first third round selection compared to my second.

Carlos Henderson, in my opinion, has the potential not only to make the impact Brandin Cooks did in New Orleans but to really thrive in this system. Henderson has a lot of ability already with the potential to make this offense even more intriguing and special come next season if drafted. Just imagine this combination Saints fans, Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Ted Ginn Jr, Carlos Henderson, and Brandon Coleman. I’d say that’s a pretty decent squad.

With the 39th pick in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select …

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