Saints 7-Round Mock Draft: Massive trade up lands shocking weapon for Derek Carr

Halfway to the Saints' first-round pick, they're faced with a situation that's almost too good to be true.

New Orleans Saints, Malik Nabers
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Maason Smith. DL. Maason Smith. . 529. . player. . Maason Smith. 5

The Saints don't have a pick in the third or fourth rounds, but don't count out a trade up. For the sake of this mock, we left it as-is and went with value picks the rest of the way, trying to find competitive pieces at places of need. Nabers is now joined by a former teammate at LSU in the fifth round, with defensive lineman Maason Smith being the pick here.

Smith is a former five-star recruit who has always possessed the exciting physical traits that pop off the tape, but the problem has been getting that to pop consistently. If the Saints can develop him correctly and get the level of consistency and effort on every down, that his ceiling says he can play with, then Smith will end up being a steal. He's 6-foot-4 and just over 300 pounds with the ability to rush the passer from inside or outside.

. . Jalen Sundell. 2497. player. Jalen Sundell. OT. Jalen Sundell. 5.

The tackle position is an area Saints fans would have liked to see addressed earlier, with Trevor Penning not exactly developing the way they'd like and Ryan Ramczyk's health being in question. But, that's not how the cards fell. So, here in the fifth, the Saints get a versatile lineman who can play both tackle and guard.

Jalen Sundell stands 6-foot-5 and could afford some more healthy weight in the form of NFL-type strength, but his footwork and ability to move quickly in space is certainly an attractive characteristic.