Updated February 16, 2017
Posted February 16, 2017
NFL mock draft season is well underway. Here's a look back at our New Orleans Saints coverage team's first draft of their projections, as well as a look at whom our readers think the Saints will select with their six picks in the 2017 draft.
A lot of mocks have the Volunteers edge rusher slotted to the Saints at No. 11 and it makes a perfect sense. Barnett is graded as a high-to-mid first-round selection and fills a major need for the Saints defense. I could also see the Saints choosing a cornerback here but an upgrade at left end is a more pressing need, in my opinion, and this is a deep draft for corners.
Read more about Duncan's selections.
The Saints could go for the Alabama double here, with Reuben Foster in the first round and Ryan Anderson in the second. Anderson shined in the national championship game against Clemson and picked off a pass for a touchdown in the national semifinals against Washington with a pick six. He tallied 8 1/2 sacks along the edge in 2016.
Read more about Holder's selections here.
An edge rusher makes the most sense, but it'd be hard to pass on Jones if he's available at No. 11. He's lean -- Washington listed him at 181 pounds -- but he's 6-foot-1 and has the athleticism and length to play well in the NFL, and working with Kansas City Chiefs star Marcus Peters couldn't have hurt.
Read more about Katzenstein's selections.
A defensive end makes perfect sense with this selection and Lattimore could be off the board by the time the Saints pick, but the former Buckeye cornerback will be difficult to ignore if he slides out of the Top 10 picks.
Read more about Teope's selections.