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Overview: Under The Dome Podcast Pre-Draft Special

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PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 22: UCLA (98) Takkarist McKinley (DL) celebrates after making a sack during an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and the UCLA Bruins on October 22, 2016, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 22: UCLA (98) Takkarist McKinley (DL) celebrates after making a sack during an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and the UCLA Bruins on October 22, 2016, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Last night I was thankful to participate in a special event related to the New Orleans Saints.

The New Orleans Saints podcast Under The Dome, hosted by Allen Ulrich, and Sean Williams had not only me but several other guests representing each NFL division as we mocked who we think certain teams will select come April 27th. It was the podcast’s very own first mock draft, and I’m humbled I could be a part of it.

For those who are curious, I had the responsibility of choosing for the NFC EAST, and for the New Orleans Saints at selection #32. For those who want to see the full video, including every selection and the laughs that came along with it, click here. 

I asked Sean Williams on his thoughts and how he thought the podcast went last night, here’s what he had to say. 

Sean Williams: I was really pleased with how things went. We brought in quite a few guests, journalists who are the one actually covering a lot of these teams, so I felt we brought in a certain amount of credibility based on that. But these guys did a spectacular job and we’re really proud of the way it turned out.

It must be mentioned that Sean humbly dedicated this episode of Under The Dome to Donnie Lambert. Bringing upon the name, “THE DONNIE LAMBERT INAUGURAL UNDER THE DOME PODCAST PRE-DRAFT SPECIAL.” For those who haven’t heard, Donnie Lambert is a proud member of the Who Dat Nation who is fighting for her life right now. Please continue praying as she asks for everyone’s thoughts, and support.

For the sake of keeping things interesting, I’m only going to reveal who I selected for the New Orleans Saints at 32, and nothing more. To see the rest of the selections, please support the official release, and check out the link that was provided.

Reason For Selection:

Let’s start by saying that the New Orleans Saints HAVE to address cornerback and defensive end in the draft if the defense wants to improve. I was limited with my options with the last pick of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Just about all of the defensive ends and cornerbacks I wanted, unfortunately, weren’t available for me to select.

PASADENA, CA – OCTOBER 22: UCLA (98) Takkarist McKinley (DL) celebrates after making a sack during an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and the UCLA Bruins on October 22, 2016, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA – OCTOBER 22: UCLA (98) Takkarist McKinley (DL) celebrates after making a sack during an NCAA football game between the Utah Utes and the UCLA Bruins on October 22, 2016, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Takkarist McKinley’s Impact:

The reason I selected Takkarist McKinley is not only because of the potential he possesses but the impact he could make for the New Orleans Saints.

Despite the fact that Takkarist McKinley is a raw prospect, he has potential and upside to thrive in the National Football League. Given everything McKinley had against him as far as raw production, the athlete still managed to produce great numbers for UCLA. McKinley’s athleticism, motor and general strength that will allow the prospect to transition well. The athlete not only shows great effort but in my personal opinion has great potential as far as the NFL goes. Other attributes of McKinley that have caught my eye is his versatility, speed, and general athleticism. Hopefully with this arsenal of traits, McKinley could perhaps do great things in the National Football League as an edge rusher.

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