Here are my top five picks for today! Just doing one top five for the two rounds, so this includes a group of players that can go in both the second and third rounds. The Saints do have the capitol to trade up if they so please. If not, they’ll still pick in the top 100 at 91.
1. South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert/Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews
I wrote about Gesicki yesterday, but at this point I’d just love to see us make a move for one of the remaining top pass-catching tight ends. Though even if all three come off the board if we decide not to move out of pick 91, there’s still Ian Thomas as well. I don’t care if some of these guys having blocking issues, that’s not why the Saints would draft them. We need a pass-catching threat from the tight end position. I think nabbing one of the top three players would help put us over the top after yesterday’s pick.
EDIT: Mike Gesicki chosenwith the 42nd pick.
2. Georgia Linebacker Lorenzo Carter
I don’t think of Linebacker as a need, but if we end up using a Linebacker to move up, this would make sense. Carter is a beast who can pass rush and cover tight ends and running backs. He an his 4.46 40 time would be an amazing addition to our rapidly improving defense and would help to lighten the load for first-round pick Marcus Davenport.
3. Iowa CB Josh Jackson
Also remaining from yesterday’s list is Jackson. He’d be a big time steal for us in the second if we decide to trade up. I won’t spend a lot of time reprising my brief about him from yesterday but I will say that he is a cornerback that could end up taking over opposite Lattimore. He’d make it so that every receiver on the field would be stranded on an island.
4. Penn State Wide Receiver DaeSean Hamilton
DaeSean Hamilton is a big time playmaker and would bring some more excitement to the Saints offense. Although he might not have a ton of opportunity right away in New Orleans’ stacked WR corps, he’s got a bright future ahead of him. Cameron Meredith may only play two years with us if his injury concerns prove worse for wear. So having Hamilton as a “reserve” to spell Meredith from time to time this year can do wonders to prolong his hopefully bigtime career in the black and gold. Afterward, Hamilton steps up for either Ted Ginn after his contract is up in a couple years or potentially Meredith if things don’t work out. He’s another fantastic option for an already loaded Saints offense.
5. Washington Wide Receiver Dante Pettis
Same as Hamilton here but with the added value of kick return ability. Pettis is a player that can excel in the slot and that can line up outside in certain packages as well. He’s a very flexible player in terms of all the ways you can use him in an offense. He’d be a welcome selection for the Saints.