The New Orleans Saints one and only Mock Draft 1.0 for 2018

Posted by | April 23, 2018 .

 

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By: Dean Mullen

The New Orleans Saints are on the clock starting Thursday. This draft should help the Saints get over the top.

In 2017, the Saints struck gold in the NFL Draft. Arguably, that draft class may be the most monumental moment in the 50 year history. Almost a year ago, the New Orleans Saints picked CB Marshon Lattimore in the first round. Lattimore was also in my Mock Draft 1.0. 

In addition, the Black and Gold picked up a critical pick of OT Ryan Ramczyk. Ramczyk was huge last year when the Saints called on him early on in his rookie year. Ultimately, the pick of RB Alvin Kamara ended up being even more astounding. Kamara was in my two round Mock Draft from my former employer too.  

The Saints got more than just a serviceable running back. Kamara went off and did things that left scouts in awe of his power and speed. Indicentally, the Saints wouldn’t have went 11-5 without him. And remember, most of us were gawking at the new acquisition of RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson just wasn’t the right fit at the time. Kamara was simply the man that changed the future landscape of the New Orleans Saints for years to come.

To put it into words from Mark Ingram. A reporter asked him to come up with one word to describe him. Ingram replied “savage.”

 

Fans saw it. The NFL didn’t see him coming. The fact is that A.K. is here to stay! The vertical attack that became known for years under Sean Payton, turned into the “Smash and Dash” running attack with an amped up defense. No doubt, that last year was a huge success. That was then and this is now.

The 2018 version of the New Orleans Saints are no longer underdogs no more. No flying underneath the radar for sure this season. In 2018, this draft is simply putting the icing on the cake. This is the year, make no mistake. There is no next year. This year is our year. This NFL Draft doesn’t have to be perfect. At the same time, the Saints have to be willing to look beyond this year with the new revamped defense.

Of course, the Super Bowl is the goal for this season, yet at the same time the window is closing for Drew Brees to make another run. Ironically, there was plenty of talk last year about drafting a quarterback to groom for the future. For whatever reason, the conversation has switched to building for a Super Bowl run for 2018. Look no further than the Philadelphia Eagles.

First and Foremost, the Eagles got their man QB Carson Wentz to perform brilliantly to setup an MVP caliber season. Unfortunately for him, an injury forced the Eagles to put in their backup who wasn’t exactly a household name just yet. That being said, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson had faith in him. The team believed and the rest is history.

The Saints must have a formidable backup quarterback just in case. Regardless, if Drew Brees plays until he’s 45 years old or not. This is critical going forward into this year. Quarterbacks don’t grow on trees. That’s why it’s imperative for the Saints have a guy to groom now and not later.

So without further ado, here is the ONE AND ONLY Mock Draft that is ready to be picked apart.

1st Round- WR Courtland Sutton SMU

3rd Round- QB Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State ***

4th Round- S Marcus Allen Penn St.

5th Round- G Skyler Phillips Idaho St.

5th Round- DE Hercules Mata’afa Washington State

6th Round- TE Deondre Goolsby Florida

6th Round- CB Parry Nickerson Tulane

7th Round- DT Justin Jones North Carolina State

Obviously, there is an asterisk by QB Mason Rudolph’s name in the third round. The problem with that pick is the availability of him being there in the third round is unlikely. Look for the Saints to move up in either the second or third round or pick QB Lamar Jackson. This may shock some people, but the Saints are looking at drafting a quarterback and this draft class is deep.

There it is folks. Let the games begin….