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Dayton Brown’s Saints’ Mock Draft 3.0

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Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; The Mercedes-Benz Superdome before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; The Mercedes-Benz Superdome before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 30, 2016; Nashville , TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett (9) tackles Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Terrell Newby (34) after a short gain during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 30, 2016; Nashville , TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett (9) tackles Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Terrell Newby (34) after a short gain during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 1, Pick 11: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

After hours of research and data analysis, I still don’t see any selection better at this spot than Barnett. His biggest knock is lack of speed and a low(er) motor. As Barnett said, he’s a football player, not a track star. The Saints don’t need him to be fast. Cameron Jordan is loads fast enough, and he gets quicker every year. Barnett has fantastic moves to get to the quarterback, and has a much higher ceiling than most think.

Barnett would fill the biggest roster need for New Orleans. As bad as their secondary has been, the Saints even more desperately need a player opposite of All-Pro Jordan to disrupt the pass and plug running gaps. A 6’3″, 259-pound edge rusher with sweet feet and smooth moves sounds too good to be true. Which is why Barnett’s selection here is a no-brainer to me. His 34 (THIRTY-FOUR) career sacks at Tennessee broke a longstanding record held by now-Hall of Famer, Reggie White. Barnett is humble, and says that amount of sacks is more of a “by-product” from his hard work and dedication to football. And he is absolutely spot on about that.

But it’s still an amazing accomplishment, and one many Saints fans will boast about if he’s selected.

Other noteworthy picks: Marshon Lattimore, Haasan Reddick

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