Round 5: Pick 160 – Rachaad White, RB (Arizona State)
The Saints might find themselves in a position where they need running back depth due to Alvin Kamara’s legal issues and Mark Ingram potentially being a cap casualty. Rachaad White in the fifth round is someone NOLA could utilize in their offense and would be an affordable option.
White rushed for 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns while also tallying 456 receiving yards and a touchdown. He was great both on the ground and through the air, which bodes well for his chances of making a positive impact in the New Orleans offense.
Round 6: Pick 213 – Nick Grant, S (Virginia)
If Marcus Williams leaves in free agency, waiting until the sixth round to draft a safety isn’t ideal but hey, maybe in this scenario, Williams is retained or NOLA is able to find a decent replacement in free agency.
Nick Grant isn’t someone who will be able to slide in and replace Williams right off the bat. He’s definitely a developmental safety but we’ve seen how much New Orleans is able to get out of their defensive players so would anyone be surprised to see Grant slide into a more prominent role? Probably not.
Round 7: Pick 234 – Chris Owens, IOL (Alabama)
With their final pick in this seven-round mock draft, NOLA adds depth to their offensive line. Chris Owens isn’t a starting option, at least not right off the bat, but he’d be a project lineman. The Draft Network says his ideal role is as a developmental guard or swing tackle, so the Saints could put him to work.
Injuries happen frequently along the o-line, so Owens might be someone who could find his way into a starting job. This pick probably wouldn’t excite people but hey, seventh-round picks aren’t supposed to be exciting.
What are your thoughts on this mock draft? Who would you like to see the NOLA Saints draft?