The New Orleans Saints are in an interesting position as the NFL draft is under 24 hours away. They have needs for multiple positions, but they also have the personnel to bypass just about any need.
Many would consider the Saints only real need at cornerback.
After having gutted their roster earlier in the offseason, the Saints now need to replace Janoris Jenkins and Emmanuel Sanders. Jenkins is the more critical replacement as Michael Thomas should be back at 100 percent for the upcoming season.
The NFL Network staff did a mock draft, and they had the Saints taking Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis with the 28th-overall selection.
However, that’s not how the NFL Network staff is playing out the Saints’ first round in their most recent mock draft.
According to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, the Saints may prefer to go with Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis. Davis is considered a first-round pick and has been seeing his stock soar after an outstanding final season with the Wildcats.
"“Coach Sean Payton identified cornerback as the Saints’ biggest remaining need last week. But none of the top four prospects came anywhere close to falling in this mock. So they fill another glaring hole instead — a linebacker to pair alongside All-Pro Demario Davis. The 6-foot-4, 234-pounder started for one year at Kentucky, but he made the most of it with three interceptions and averaging around 10 tackles per game. He has the size and athleticism to defend the run and drop back in coverage as an every-down player. Multiple receivers and DEs could also tempt New Orleans in this spot,” Mike Triplett wrote."
At that point in the mock draft, Greg Newsome II, Patrick Surtain, Caleb Farley, and Jaycee Horn are all off the board. All four of them are taken before the 17th pick, so if the Saints were to trade up, they may have to make a blockbuster deal.
While Asante Samuel Jr. is still there, going for a linebacker isn’t an awful move. The team’s depth at linebacker could be an issue, especially considering they lost both Kwon Alexander and Alex Anzalone this offseason.
Everything Triplett wrote is spot on too. Davis was a monster his final season, and he was a key reason why the Wildcats were able to win their third straight bowl game. Davis ended the season with 102 tackles and 3 interceptions.
He’d be an excellent fit in the Big Easy.