someone nudged me in another thread
Not mine, just what some of the early mocks have...
New Orleans Saints: Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU
The Saints had several holes to fill in the 2013 NFL Draft, so they weren't able to obtain a pass-rusher until the sixth round with Rufus Johnson. They'll probably need to do so earlier in May. They couldn't get to Russell Wilson at all in a big Monday night loss. Junior Galette has been awesome, but New Orleans needs a potent pass-rusher across from him.
New Orleans Saints: A.J. Johnson, ILB, Tennessee
Here's more help for the Saints' linebacking corps. David Hawthorne has never lived up to expectations, so the front office may want to find someone who can challenge him.
New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
The Saints could use another receiver. Marques Colston disappointed this season prior to the Carolina victory, yet he's still New Orleans' top option by a wide margin.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: TRENT MURPHY, OLB, STANFORD
The Saints defense successfully made the transition to a 3-4 scheme under the direction of Rob Ryan and the improvement was dramatic. However, even though Junior Galette has emerged as one of the most dangerous edge pass rushers in the league the Saints could use some more help at outside linebacker. After all Victor Butler is coming off a major injury and is still basically an unknown commodity while Parys Haralson is probably better suited for a backup role. Trent Murphy of Stanford plays defensive end in college but could make the Trent Murphy | Stanford Cardinal move to outside linebacker in an odd front at the next level. Murphy may not have elite speed or athleticism but compensates with excellent technique, great strength, a non-stop motor and a tough as nails blue-collar mentality. Think Ryan Kerrigan. New Orleans could also look to add some depth at defensive end and cornerback as well. Keep an eye on wide receiver as a darkhorse too because the Saints were legitimately interest in Tavon Austin last year and it’s never a bad idea to give Sean Payton & Drew Brees more weapons to torture defenses with.
The Sporting News
New Orleans Saints, Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson*
The Saints still need pass rushing help at both levels of their front seven, despite their success this season. Beasley is one of the best true rushers in this class, and should fit well and quickly into Rob Ryan’s defense.
Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
Jack Mewhort LT Ohio St
James Gale OLB Virginia Tech
Trey DePriest ILB Alabama
Taylor Hart DE Oregon
Kapri Bibbs RB Colorado St
Great Blue North
Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
Lael Collins LSU and Jason Verrett CB TCU
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: With the Saints utilizing a 3-4 base defense in 2013, athletic and versatile stand-up pass rushers are important pieces to what Rob Ryan wants to do. Beasley does a nice job converting speed to power and flashes intriguing pass rush skills.
New Orleans Saints – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State
Keenan Lewis and Corey White were surprisingly effective this season, but depth is an issue and it certainly couldn’t hurt to upgrade the position. Gilbert has the size and athleticism to develop into a quality shutdown corner.
New Orleans - Vic Beasley, LB, Clemson
Transitioning to a 3-4 defense isn't easy. The Saints need to upgrade the talent on the edge, and Beasley is as explosive a pass rusher as they come.
Clemson OLB Vic Beasley
Rob Ryan will flip for Beasley’s white-hot motor and closing skills on the outside, giving him another toy to use on third downs when the Superdome noise is reaching ear-splitting levels. This almost makes too much sense.
Needs on the offensive side might have finally surpassed the D. Interesting to think how truly dominant the defense could evolve to with another dynamic playmaker.
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