Round 2 Pick 62: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Standford
JJ Arcega-Whiteside has been one of my favorite wide receivers throughout the draft process. 6’2″, 222 lbs, and knows how to use his frame. His balls skills are possibly the best in the draft right now and has a wide catch radius. In college, Arcega-Whiteside took reps both in the slot and the outside. He’s a huge threat in the redzone, especially against smaller CBs. In addition to the passing game, he’s shown he can block against NFL level talent. Even with Ted Ginn Jr returning and Tre’Quan Smith having another year to develop, adding another pass catcher will help open up the Saints offense.
Round 5 Pick 168: Michael Jordan, IOL, Ohio State
While the offensive line was one of the best in 2018, age and injuries are always a concern. Michael Jordan has played both guard and center, but has the measurables to play tackle. His versatility will allow him to become a solid plug and play options if a player goes down. His big frame helps him dominate smaller defenders and has shown command in the run game. While he does need to be developed, he will have plenty of time serving a backup role.
Round 6 Pick 177: Terry Beckner, IDL, Missouri
If Sheldon Rankins torn Achilles wasn’t bad enough, David Onyemeta is facing a possible suspension after being issued a citation for having marijuana in his home. That leaves Tyrunn Walker as the last remaining defensive tackle with Tyeler Davison still unsigned at nose tackle. Long story short, interior defensive line is a need this off-season. Terry Beckner would be a solid option to fill this role. Similar to Rankins, Beckner is a dominant pass rusher with a quick spin move. While inconsistent, his quickness will provide support while the interior line becomes itself again.
Round 6 Pick 202: Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
While the TE class is very top heavy with the likes of Noah Fant, Irv Smith Jr, and TJ Hockenson, you can still find value in the later rounds. Caleb Wilson is an underrated prospect who fits the Saints needs almost perfectly. Purely a receiving tight end, Wilson can provide the pass catching ability we’ve missed at the position for the past couple of years. While his blocking is below average, Josh Hill signed a 3-year extension and provides excellent run blocking for the Saints.
Round 7 Pick 231: Khalil Hodge, LB, Buffalo
Linebacker is far from a need for the Saints right now, but it’s hard to pass up talent when it’s available late in the draft. Hodge is possibly one of the most underrated late round linebackers right now. He possess speed, quickness at the snap, and good form when tackling. In 2018, Hodge ended with 144 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks,1 FF, and 1 interception.
Round 7 Pick 244: Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
Holyfield had his draft stock drop after having one of the worst combines this year. He finished with the 2nd worst 40 yard dash time for running backs at 4.78. However, his tape from Georgia tells a complete different story. Holyfield is a power-back who will make your jaw drop when running through defenders. He constantly keeps his legs moving and often takes multiple defenders to bring him down. Even if the Saints and Mark Ingram work out a deal, Holyfield brings depth and a possible goal line option when needed.
All picks were made using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine
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