Saints Draft

2017 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Best Options at 11

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Haason Reddick of Temple. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Haason Reddick of Temple. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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December 31, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker (24) celebrates with cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) after intercepting pass against the Clemson Tigers during the first half of the the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
December 31, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker (24) celebrates with cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) after intercepting pass against the Clemson Tigers during the first half of the the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

Like Hooker, Lattimore could go very early. A few expert mocks have him going as low as the 15th selection, so there is hope that he will still be on the board here. Easily the top-graded cornerback in this draft, Lattimore is a physical and speedy corner who compiled 4 interceptions and 9 pass breakups in his lone-starting season at Ohio State.

Despite recently-stout seasons by Sterling Moore and Delvin Breaux, the Saints’ biggest struggle is defending the pass. Lattimore is a potential day-one starter for New Orleans, and would make great special team/nickel package plays at the very least. This pick helps now and in the future, much like Hooker would.

However, like his teammate, Lattimore is projected to go early, and will if teams draft smart. The fact that he’s even in this draft and could possibly fall to the Saints is tantalizing, though.

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