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Mar 6, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah Utes defensive back Marcus Williams participates in workout drills during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah Utes defensive back Marcus Williams participates in workout drills during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /

With the 76th pick, the New Orleans Saints select…

Marcus Williams — Utah, Safety

After releasing Jairus Byrd, the Saints opened up a need at safety. Rafael Bush isn’t enough to fill the void. And even with Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, who appears slated to be a great player on this defense, the Saints need a safety that complements the two.

Neither Vaccaro or Bell are at their best when they’re playing single-high. Vaccaro especially is a LB/Safety hybrid who is at his best close to the line. But Bell is in a similar bag.

Enter Marcus Williams, the safety out of Utah. If only for his cover skills and play-making ability, no way is Williams still here in the third round. He’s one of those guys that can play single high just as well as he can play in the slot, and who will be a ball-hawk in either position.

Unfortunately for Williams, safeties are also expected to be stout run defenders. Williams is weak in that regard. It’s not that he takes bad angles: he struggles to bring down bigger bodied RBs. And in a league filled with players like Leonard Fournette, that is a real problem.

That’s why he fits in so well with the Saints: in three-safety sets, Williams would be playing alongside Vaccaro and Bell, both of whom are superb run defenders. His presence would allow them to play further up along the line and be more disruptive against opposing RBs. Williams would be free to patrol the back of the field and make life difficult for quarterbacks. Turnovers are the fastest way to improve this Saints defense, and Williams brings just that.

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