Saints 7-Round Mock Draft: Two first-round trades lead to building the trenches

It wasn't the way we planned it, but New Orleans ends up with strong value.

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. . EDGE. Chop Robinson. 491. player. Chop Robinson. . Chop Robinson. 2

The defensive end position is a spot the Saints desperately need some help at. Cameron Jordan isn't the guy he once was in terms of being a top-notch pass rusher. He is still effective in many instances, but he's not the every-down type of impact player the Saints once saw in him. Jordan is a stout run defender, and Carl Granderson is a solid pass rusher. But, it's time to start building this area back up for when Jordan ultimately fades.

Penn State's Chop Robinson is a great find here in the second round, as he's been mocked in the late first round by many experts as well. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Robinson possesses a lightning-quick first step off the line of scrimmage. If you read up on what people are saying about him, that's one common factor you'll see mentioned by all. He fires off the line of scrimmage.

Robinson has that dog in him, too. He's a nasty, physical player with a high motor. You won't find him giving up on a rep. Whether it's his pursuit of the quarterback or pursuit of a ball carrier, he's not going to stop until the whistle blows.

Robinson also has the versatility to drop into coverage at times, when needed. He'll bring a huge lift to this position in New Orleans.