1. Neil Farrell Jr., DL (LSU)
Saints fans in Louisiana should be familiar with Neil Farrell, as he played at LSU for the past five years. Farrell had his best season yet in Baton Rouge, grading out at 89.9 on PFF in 2021.
During his breakout campaign, Farrell notched 45 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and two defended passes in 12 games. The Saints need to address the eventual vacant spots they’ll have on their starting d-line with David Onyemata and Marcus Davenport entering free agency next year.
Farrell is one of the older prospects on the board, as he’ll turn 24 in September, which, as crazy as it sounds, is old for a rookie in the NFL. That shouldn’t be a reason to stray away from Farrell though.
If the LSU product slides down to the fifth round or even later in the draft, the Saints shouldn’t hesitate to make him a member of their defense. As Who Dat Dish’s own Najy Masri wrote on Farrell,
"Farrell displays superior strength at the point of attack and is an outstanding run defender. He displays positional versatility as he can line up as a true nose guard in a 3-4 scheme or a traditional DT in a 4-3."
Go get a local guy for once, Saints!
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Any of these prospects would be excellent value picks for the New Orleans Saints when they go to pick for the first time on Day 3.