Saints address present and future needs in final seven-round mock

2018 NFL Draft
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Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA Bruins / Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

Saints fifth-round pick: Dorian Thompson-Robinson - Quarterback (UCLA)

Yes, the hope is that the Saints are able to drive up the NFC (and NFL) hierarchy with Carr, but that doesn't mean they can't prepare for the future, or the worst. Carr is no spring chicken, and does have some injury history as well. Fortunately, the latter concern was addressed with the re-signing of Jameis Winston, and Taysom Hill is also still on the roster, regardless of whatever position we're classifying him as this vear.

Despite all of that, the Saints still brought in UCLA's Dorian Thompson-Robinson in for a pre-Draft visit, and are reportedly high on him. Thompson-Robinson is a slightly undersized dual-threat quarterback, and may be a bit of a project. Still, the Saints second pick in the fifth round would be a good spot to grab him, even if they trade back a bit, or even into the beginning of the sixth round where they have zero picks.

It was reported that the Saints would prefer a dual thrat quarterback should they draft one, and Thompson-Robinson did show signs of improvement as a passer under coach Chip Kelly in college, which is a positive sign for his potential growth in the NFL. Outside of the first round pick of Avila, this may be the pick that brings the most attention from Saints fans, given the position and what they have on the roster.