Saints low-key option No. 2: Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina
Marshon Lattimore might have seen his PFF score drop in recent years but he's still more than capable as a starting cornerback. As for their other boundary corner, Paulson Adebo has been fine — but not great.
That's why it's not uncommon to see a cornerback mocked to the Saints early. However, they don't have to reach for a guy in Round 1 since there could be some capable starters later, including Darius Rush from South Carolina.
Rush is a converted wideout that stands 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds. He has all the traits to be special and played for a South Carolina defense that seems to churn out one pro after another. He also went into the Senior Bowl and was a shutdown corner in every drill.
It seemed the one question scouts had about Rush was his overall speed but he shut that down in a hurry — 4.37 seconds to be exact. That was the time he hit in his 40-yard dash at the Combine, which proved he's got more than enough juice to keep up with anyone on the opposing team.
Throw in the fact that he was the most targeted cornerback on an SEC defense — since Cam Smith was across from him — and there are more than enough reasons to believe in Rush. Here's to hoping he stays under the radar long enough for New Orleans to make a move.