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.