Saints Mock Draft: NOLA lands multiple studs in first three rounds

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809. . Tight End. Badgers . Jake Ferguson. 118. player

Round 4: Pick 118 – Jake Ferguson, TE (Wisconsin)

Jake Ferguson’s stats don’t pop off the page but he was asked to do a lot in Wisconsin and was always dependable for the Badgers. One thing that Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network mentions about Ferguson is that he was a tremendous threat in the red zone and due to Wisconsin’s run-heavy offense, he’d find his way open down the field.

Ferguson had 46 receptions for 450 yards and three touchdowns through 13 games last season and really was a do-it-all kind of player for the Badgers.

The Saints need a tight end this offseason since Adam Trautman hasn’t lived up to the hype so maybe adding Ferguson to the mix could light a fire under Trautman or Ferguson himself could take over and be a force in this offense.

Nick Cross. 136. player. 824. . Safety. Terrapins

Round 4: Pick 136 – Nick Cross, S (Maryland)

Assuming the Saints end up losing Marcus Williams to free agency, they’ll be in desperate need for a safety this offseason. Nick Cross won’t replicate what Williams did in this secondary but New Orleans has had luck in the fourth round, for what it’s worth.

The Draft Network has Cross as a developmental starting safety, meaning he won’t be propelled into a starting role right away but down the road, he could certainly be an option. Cross is the kind of player who finds himself eventually thriving in the Saints’ defense so this pick would be very New Orleans.