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New Orleans Saints final NFL Mock Draft: Team stays put, gets lucky with LB

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. . DE. PatrickJones. University of Pittsburgh. 229. player. 15

With New Orleans’ last pick in the NFL Draft after trading away their original seventh-round pick, the team addresses a depth issue with the defensive end. The two best available are Earnest Brown IV from Northwestern and Patrick Jones II from Pittsburgh.

Like Jack Anders, Patrick Jones is insurance, backup pick. The team already has their two starting defensive ends in Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport. However, with Jordan getting older, they are always looking to train someone younger to be his replacement.

In college at Pittsburgh, Jones II totaled 21.5 sacks and 32.0 tackles for a loss. He was No. 1 in the ACC in sacks in 2020, and he was ranked No. 1 in the ACC in 2019 for the most forced fumbles. He has the skill and IQ to be great, that’s why Sean Payton could use Patrick Jones.

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If this truly was the way the Saints drafted, I couldn’t see how anyone could give them less than a B overall grade. They addressed all of their starting needs as well as addressed those needs that were thin in depth. Who do you hope the Saints draft?