DEEP FRIED DRAFT
New Orleans Saints: 7-Round Mock Draft2-18-19
Round 2/Pick 60
The Pick: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
In my opinion, the one thing missing from the Saints offense was a field-stretching tight end. Sternberger can be that missing piece. He averaged 17.3 per catch in 2018. A one-year starter for the Aggies, Sternberger had ten TDs this past season. Since the trading of Jimmy Graham, New Orleans has lacked a true seam stretcher. With only one pick in the first 168, New Orleans has to make it count.
THE REST OF THE PICKS:
6/179: David Long, CB, Michigan
6/204: Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion
7/233: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami-FL
7/246: Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State
Round 5/Pick 169
The Pick: Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State
I expect the Saints to let Mark Ingram walk in free agency. They will need someone to take the carries he leaves behind. If not, Alvin Kamara will be worthless by week eight. Thompson was another one-year starter. This past season at Utah State, he rushed for over 1,000 yards. In 13 games, Thompson averaged nearly seven yards a carry while scoring 14 TDs. And since it is such a big part of the New Orleans offense, he is a weapon in the passing game as well.
The New Orleans Saints are coming off one of the best regular seasons in franchise history. Unfortunately, the good times were marred by one of the most egregious no-calls in the history of the NFL. The Saints fell to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship. There is a silver lining for Who Dat Nation. The failure to win the Super Bowl, in the way that it went down, is probably the only reason Drew Brees returned for another season.
Thanks to prior years of wheelings and dealings, New Orleans only has one pick in the first four rounds. Their first rounder resides in Green Bay because of a 2018 draft day trade to acquire Marcus Davenport. The Saints third-round pick was shipped to the Jets for backup QB Teddy Bridgewater. Eli Apple was snagged from the Giants for a fourth-round pick.
So New Orleans essentially has one chance to get an impact player in the 2019 draft.
Today, I will go through all seven rounds of a mock draft to see if I can make the New Orleans Saints a better team. I will use my own big board, with User-Votes team needs, and the difficult setting at the draft simulator site Fanspeak. You all can do the same.