Saints potential draft prospect: S Trevon Moehrig
- Mock Draft Share: 8.8% (1st)
- Expected Draft Position (EDP) Rank: 27th
- Draft Model Rank: 37th
You’d figure that the Saints would be settled at the safety position after retaining Marcus Williams on the franchise tag, especially since they are likely to extend the 24-year-old.
However, there are two things to remember here.
One, the draft is not about filling immediate needs, but rather, adding as many valuable players as possible. Furthermore, building the secondary is about depth, as given the volatile of pass coverage production, you can never have enough talented defensive backs.
That’s where the addition of TCU’s Trevon Moehrig makes sense.
After all, veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins is 34-years-old, and although his contract isn’t easy to get out of, it’s unclear how much younger the team can rely on him. At a critical position like safety, that is problematic.
Moehrig’s overall coverage production was very strong in college, though projecting safties, unlike other positions, leans much more towards athleticism, and his testing numbers weren’t ideal. His 4.52 40-yard dash is fine, but slower than anticipated, while he doesn’t have an extraordinary amount of length (30 5/8 inch arms).
Now, he did injure his back during the workout, and if that affected his numbers, then my model’s projection will be too low on him, which would make him a strong value addition with the 28th overall pick.
Given the team’s financial situation, you’d perhaps hope that they’d target a more expensive/hard-to-fill position. At the same time, adding Moehrig, as we’ll get to, would be more optimal than adding another linebacker, as it’d allow them to play a lot more dime packages, which is particularly useful given Jenkins’ age.
The coverage prowess of Williams and Moehrig would make for a tantalizing tandem, and if he was the pick for New Orleans, I wouldn’t have any major objections.