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Saints: Breaking Down Every Day Two Pick

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Dec 24, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 24, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – NOVEMBER 28: Free safety Marcus Williams
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – NOVEMBER 28: Free safety Marcus Williams /

Marcus Williams — Safety, Utah

With the 42nd pick, the Saints landed what many have labeled as the heir to the Jairus Byrd role.

I love this pick. I think just about everyone does. Marcus Williams is essentially Malik Hooker-lite, a player that the Saints had a shot at in the first round. Williams isn’t the strongest run supporter, but that’s about the only knock on his talents.

Paired with Marshon Lattimore, Williams completes a wonderful overhaul of this Saints secondary. A combination of Breaux-Lattimore as the starting corners with an intense battle for the slot position between P.J. Williams, Sterling Moore and others, and then Bell-Vacarro-Marcus Williams at safety is easily one of the best secondaries in the league.

And Williams complements Bell and Vacarro wonderfully. Vacarro is that money-back, the linebacker/safety hybrid that thrives in the box. And Vonn Bell is something of a similar prospect, a versatile safety who can play in the slot, can defend the run and can cover a deep zone. Then Williams, who is primarily a deep safety. He’ll thrive in the single-high role that Jairus Byrd often found himself in.

And funny enough, Byrd was also a 42nd pick. Sean Payton’s wanted a player of this type for years. He may have finally landed him in Marcus Williams.

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