NOLA Saints make the most of early-round picks in 7-round mock draft

Leigh Oleszczak
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Wide Receiver. Trojans . Drake London. 16. player. 808.

Round 1: Pick 16 – Drake London, WR (USC)

As I alluded to earlier, the Saints have to draft a wide receiver with one of their first-round picks. In this mock draft, Drake London is the selection and it’d be hard to be upset if this was how things went down.

London appeared in only eight games last year due to injury but he made the most of those eight games. He finished his final season at USC with 88 receptions for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 12.3 yards per catch. London was quite the weapon for the Trojans and the Saints would hope he could fill a similar role in the Big Easy.

New Orleans can’t go into the season with Michael Thomas being their only plan at the wide receiver position. They tried that last year and it didn’t go well for them. London gives them that WR2 for their offense. This would be an excellent addition for NOLA.

player. 814. . Defensive Lineman. Bulldogs . Devonte Wyatt. 19

Round 1: Pick 19 – Devonte Wyatt, IDL (Georgia)

Fans would be pretty damn happy if this is how the first round played out for New Orleans. No they didn’t land an offensive tackle in the first round but they landed a stout wide receiver and a stud defensive lineman in the form of Devonte Wyatt.

Wyatt was a huge piece for Georgia in their National Championship season, notching 39 tackles (7.0 for loss), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one defended passes through 13 games. He’d give the Saints yet another beast on their defensive line and this is important with both Marcus Davenport and David Onyemata nearing the end of their contracts.

This sentence from Wyatt’s draft profile on The Draft Network should have fans fired up:

"A player whose best football is still ahead of him, Wyatt has the size, length, pass rush instincts, and athleticism to develop into a consistent interior rusher at the next level."

It’d be hard to be upset about the team getting Drake London and Devonte Wyatt with their two first-round picks.

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