Saints Mock Draft: NOLA spends early picks on offense

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Safety. Trojans . Isaiah Pola-Mao. 192. player. 808.

Round 6: Pick 192 – Isaiah Pola-Mao, S (USC)

With Marcus Williams potentially on his way out this offseason (hopefully New Orleans does whatever they can to keep him in a Saints uniform), adding a safety at some point in the draft is a must. If Williams does indeed leave, ideally NOLA would go with a safety earlier in the draft but I operated under the notion that they’d keep Williams.

Isaiah Pola-Mao was the first pick for NOLA in the sixth round. The USC product is a tackling machine, having totaled 57 tackles through 11 games. He’s not someone who would be a starter but teams aren’t expecting to find a starter in the sixth round. Simply having depth is a smart play here for New Orleans.

847. . Defensive Tackle. Hokies . Jordan Williams. 214. player

Round 6: Pick 214 – Jordan Williams, DT (Virginia Tech)

The Saints are fortunate not to be losing any key members on their defensive line this offseason but why not add some fliers in the sixth round? Jordan Williams out of Virginia Tech totaled 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks through 10 games for the Hokies this year.

At this point in the draft, adding depth is the name of the game and Williams is someone who could provide just that. He’s not great as a pass rusher and that’s the big knock on him but he’s a great run defender, which could help the Saints D continue to be stout against the run.