Saints Mock Draft: NOLA spends early picks on offense

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player. 852. . EDGE. Golden Gophers . Boye Mafe. 102

Round 3: Pick 102 – Boye Mafe, EDGE (Minnesota)

The Saints’ pass rush is hit and miss. When Marcus Davenport is healthy and on the field, the pass rush is pretty good but when he’s unavailable, the unit doesn’t look as good.

That’s why adding a pass rusher in the draft would be a smart move for NOLA. Boye Mafe of Minnesota is someone to consider because of his ability to get after the quarterback and impact games.

The Golden Gopher EDGE rusher has six sacks on the year and also totaled 30 tackles while recording nine tackles for loss. This is the kind of player who the Saints could desperately use on their defense to help get after the quarterback.

806. . Offensive Tackle. Nittany Lions . Rasheed Walker. 112. player

Round 4: Pick 112 – Rasheed Walker, OT (Penn State)

With Terron Armstead hitting free agency this spring, the Saints could be in a position to find a new left tackle for the 2022 season and beyond. They drafted Landon Young in the sixth round last year but who knows if he’ll be ready for a starting role yet?

Rasheed Walker is sitting on the board at pick No. 112 and he played left tackle during his career at Penn State, which makes him appealing here. Walker appeared in 26 games (22 starts), all coming at left tackle, per Penn State’s official athletics websites.

Maybe Walker isn’t ready right off the bat to start at left tackle but he’s certainly someone who provides a potential future starter at the position.