Round 5: Pick 160 – Matt Hankins, CB (Iowa)
I really didn’t mean to only draft Big Ten and Mountain West players through the first five rounds but that’s just how this draft played out. Yet another Big Ten player to join the Saints in this mock draft is Matt Hankins of Iowa.
The Draft Network says that Hankins could be a potential developmental starting cornerback, which is music to the Saints’ ears. They’re set up well at the position with Marshon Lattimore and Paulson Adebo, but adding Hankins to the mix gives them another intriguing option down the stretch.
Round 6: Pick 213 – Michael Woods II, WR (Oklahoma)
Hey, a non-Big Ten and non-Mountain West prospect! Michael Woods II didn’t put up crazy stats at Oklahoma this season, totaling 35 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns, which was a disappointing line for him, especially since people expected more from him when he transferred to Oklahoma to play with Spencer Rattler.
With that said, Woods showed he could deliver when he was at Arkansas, garnering over 600 yards in the 2020 season. The Draft Network projects him as a Z or field receiver and as mentioned with the Garrett Wilson pick, NOLA will take whatever wide receiver they can get.
Round 7: Pick 234 – Charleston Rambo, WR (Miami)
To close out this mock draft, New Orleans adds another wide receiver and one with a baller name at that. Charleston Rambo and the previous pick we discussed just missed each other at Oklahoma, as Rambo played in Norman for the first three years of his eligibility and then transferred to Miami for his senior season.
It was a wise decision, as Rambo finished his 2021 campaign with 79 receptions for 1,172 yards and seven touchdowns through 12 games. A seventh-round wide receiver might not fire up the fan base but Rambo is someone who could thrive in the right system.
What do you think of this mock draft, Saints fans? Would you be okay with the real draft playing out in a similar fashion?