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Zoom's Post-FA, Pre-Draft Mock



Likely my last mock leading up to the draft, so enjoy!

1st Round. Jarvis Jones OLB, Georgia

If he's here, it would be silly for the team to pass him up. Jones is the best football player available in this draft in my opinion. He's explosive off the edge and strong as an ox. He has violent hands to shed blockers and a thick lower body to drive through them. He's an instinctive football player with a great talent for generating sacks and turnovers. Not an elite athlete in the mold of Mingo, Jordan, or Ansah, but he's a proven commodity who will lean on his tape to become a high draft pick and great player at the next level. He may struggle at times in coverage, but he played OLB in a 3-4 at Georgia, so it's something he knows and certainly something he can improve. If I had to make an NFL comparison, I would say Terrell Suggs. I have no concerns about his health whatsoever, so if he's available, this is my guy.

3rd Round. Kiko Alonso ILB, Oregon

He's a guy that has certainly risen throughout the draft process. Alonso didn't play a whole lot before his senior season, but that's okay because he was great this year. Alonso recorded 81 tackles, of which 14 were for loss, and also managed to snag four interceptions while forcing two fumbles. I compare him to Daryl Washington coming out of TCU. Not quite as athletic, but he's a very good ILB who can cover and pulverize in the run game. He's excellent as an A-gap blitzer just like Washington as well. I believe his even has the versatility to play some outside linebacker. Alonso may not be available when this pick is on the clock, but if he is, I think he's the one as the Saints have been keeping tabs on him.

4th Round. Shamarko Thomas S, Syracuse

This a really deep safety class, and in other years, Shamarko Thomas would be a sure-fire early to mid 2nd round pick. He's a powerful hitter with good range and covering abilities. He can play in the box as well, blowing up running back and blockers twice his size. He's a ferocious football player who truly elevates the intensity of those around him. The only problem is his height (5'9") and question marks concerning man-to-man coverage of bigger players. He does possess long arms at over 31" which does leave him pretty even in terms of reach. If he falls to the 4th round, which is a strong possibility due to the depth at safety, the Saints would be smart to take him. His attitude and fire for the game is infectious, and some have said he compares to safety Quintin Mikell.

5th Round. Montori Hughes NT, Tennessee-Martin

Hughes is an upside pick here in the 5th, and to me, this might kind of be a reach. He's a huge guy at 6'4" 329 with above average agility. Initially recruited by Tennessee, he was dismissed from the team for violating team rules. He doesn't offer much in terms of pass rush, but he does have the ability to anchor well in the middle. He will have to improve his upper body strength though, as he was sometimes over-powered by FBS players at the Senior Bowl. He could wash out or turn into a very nice piece in the middle, but I think this would be a solid pick based on where other mocks have him going.

6th Round. Rogers Gaines OL, Tennessee State

The Saints stay in the state of Tennessee for this pick. Gaines is a massive human being at 6'6", 334 lbs. He also has the athleticism and length (36.25" arms) to go with his great size. He dominated FCS players regularly with his natural abilities alone, but that won't be enough for the NFL. He's still quite raw with his technique, but not as much of a project as many before him. He played LT in college, but could contribute right away (perhaps) at RT or guard while adjusting to the speed of the game for the left side. A pure upside pick here, with very little to lose in the, I think this is a great choice.

ZOOM OUT!



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Chad504boy
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I like it.

Dont think Thomas will be there in 4th though. Hes mid 2nd to early 3rd.






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1 –Datone Jones – DE – UCLA
Well-built athlete with long arms and good strength, throughout. Flashes an explosive initial burst off the snap to penetrate gaps. Uses his hands well at the snap to rip free from blocks, showing a variety of pass rush techniques (swim, rip, club), as well as enough power to simply bull over offensive linemen into the backfield. Offers great value to NFL teams featuring the 4-3 and 3-4 alignments, alike.

3- Brandon Williams, DT – Missouri Southern
Broad-shouldered and bulked up, especially in his upper body. Possesses the upper-body strength to shove opponents into the backfield and disrupt plays before they even have a chance to begin. Has enough short area quickness to slice through gaps. Possesses longer arms (32 3/4) than expected given his stout frame, which he uses well to keep offensive linemen off of him. Surprisingly light feet and balance to move laterally through the trash and shows enough phone-booth quickness to close.

4- Keith Pough – OLB – Howard
Athletic chase linebacker with speed to close on quarterbacks in the pocket and running backs from the backside. Brings bad intentions in his tackle attempts; drives targets back by dropping his hips and keeping his feet moving and straight-on meetings and throws down any ball carrier in his path. Pough is a tackles-for-loss machine, using his length and speed to chase ball carriers from behind, as well as attitude to attack them in the hole.

5- Aaron Mellette - WR Elon
Solidly-built frame with good height and length for the position. Smooth body adjustments and looks flexible in his cuts, using his reach and movements to collect off-target throws. Uses his size well and knows how to box out defenders and utilize his frame. Natural hands-catcher with good focus to snatch grabs away from his body. Good toughness over the middle and competes for the ball in tight spaces.

6 – Ray Ray Armstrong –SS – Faulkner (formally Miami)
Is a big, aggressive athlete with the speed and range to cover both sidelines, flashing first round ability.






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I want at least one OT and WR.





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3rd Round. Kiko Alonso ILB, Oregon

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Good work. Would love Kiko on the 3rd, but he seems like he is starting to get a lot of attention and may not be there.





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No "ZOOM OUT?"





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biggest thing is ya don't have any too whacked out of value picks. Thomas I think gone before #109 but it's not too unreasonable.

I'm hoping Jones will be one of the greatest gift picks not just for Saints but NFL history. NFL history is littered with players who dropped even though they were rated very high on the field... and then went on to great NFL success. Terrell Suggs had a similar story. Warren Sapp, Randy Moss, Dan Marino, etc were all known elite "players" but dropped over assorted concerns.

I'm more of a fan for NT Brandon Williams 3rd or 4th or Geathers later






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Good work. Would love Kiko on the 3rd, but he seems like he is starting to get a lot of attention and may not be there.



I agree, but I think several ILB prospects like Arthur Brown, Ogletree, and maybe Te'o will slip and push Alonso to round 3.






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Yeah, I'm not sure if Thomas slips all the way to the 4th, but like I said, this is an incredibly deep safety class. Vaccaro, Cyprien, Reed, Elam, Philip Thomas, D.J. Swearinger, and Bacarri Rambo could all conceivably go before Shamarko, so I believe that helps my reasoning.





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quote:

I want at least one OT and WR.



Rogers Gaines is an OT, technically. But because he's so big and pretty raw, I thought it would be fair to list him as OL.

As for WR, I'm not sure that's as much of a priority as we have made it seem to be on ST. Joe Morgan is expected to assume Henderson's role while Nick Toon looks to make an impact this season as well. Add in Andy Tanner, Jarred Fayson, Saalim Hakim, and other likely UDFAs, WR is pretty well taken care of.






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If the Saints could pull that draft off I would def FAP!!!






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Zoombop
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I don't think enough people saw this because of the schedule release. Sue me.





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Add in Andy Tanner, Jarred Fayson, Saalim Hakim, and other likely UDFAs, WR is pretty well taken care of.



No


I guess it will come down to what they feel they truly have in Toon.



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St. Aug, I think some of those guys have more talent than you're willing to admit.





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probably...I've just grown wary about the practice squad type that waxes and wanes in whether or not he makes the team or not.





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Understandable, but Fayson and Hakim are burners. Fayson is actually a bit more compact. Solid athletes who may just need to be molded.





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How many teams, tryouts, and practice squads did dlP & Lance Moore go through before hitting it and turning into solid players on the Saints?

Sure, ya go through some in the process but the Saints have to have one of the best records on bringing in guys from nowhere and turning them into players. Say Joe Morgan gets 40-45 Meachem-like catches this year. There's another added to the list. It isn't just cool. It's a vital part of cap success. Morgan is making $555K this year. Jimmy Graham, the #17 ranked player in the NFL last year, is finishing off his 4th year for less than $2.5mil total.






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