2012 NFL Mock Draft: New Orleans Saints

Nebrasksa Cornhuskers LB Lavonte David Would be a Great fit with the Saints

This is the 2012 NFL Mock draft for the New Orleans Saints I’m sure we’ll have another version between now and the real draft. In the 2011 N.F.L. draft the Saints traded away this year’s first round pick in order to get back into the first round and select running back Mark Ingram. They also didn’t lose a ton in free agency so they are probably not looking at any compensatory picks. I believe they have all of their picks from the 2nd through 7th rounds, if that is incorrect someone please inform me.

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2nd round: Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska Cornhuskers

David is having a really good year for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but could still be available at this point because he’s undersized. I think it’s possible that either David or Travis Lewis is available at this point, and if so the Saints should jump on him. The strength of this class is in the linebacker corpse (and the quarterback group). With the Saints having a weakness at linebacker and not having a pick until the second round their first pick could very well be a linebacker. David will bring high football intelligence, coverage ability, and a non-stop motor. Hopefully Martez Wilson develops into a nice player and the Saints can have a linebacker corpse of David, Wilson, and Vilma, which sounds much better than Vilma, nobody, and Shanle.

3rd Round: Star Lotluelelei, DT, Utah

You may not have heard of Lotuelelei, but you will soon. The man is talented. He’s been flying under the radar to draftniks, but not to scouts. he’s 6’3 325 pounds and gets off the line quickly. He’s raw as a pass rusher, but has potential to be a pretty good one. He does an excellent job anchoring against the run already.

4th round: Kenny Tate, LB/S, Mayrland

Tate is talented, but is coming off an injury and might not have a position at the N.F.L. level. While the Saints figure that out he can be a dominant special teams player who is used in packages. Tate could develop into an exceptional nickel and dime linebacker, which is like a starting position now in the N.F.L. with how often teams throw the football. Tate the NCAA?  haven’t decided whether or not he will will return for his senior season with a medical red-shirt.

5th Round: Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Auburn

I’d be astonished if the Saints went all defense in the draft. They don’t need a starting tight end clearly because Jimmy Graham is the man. But they only have two tight ends on their active roster so they probably could use some depth there. Lutzenkirchen, if he entered the draft, would probably enter a year too early. He has a shot to improve his draft stock a lot more if he returns for his senior season. Lutzenkirchen has decent size to be used as a blocking tight end as well as a short line yardage receiver to start at 6’5 250pounds.

6th Round: Jaymes Brooks, G, Virginia Tech

I thought about going with an offesnive linemen with the Saints first pick (2nd round) but their offense is doing so well in both the pass and run that maybe my thought that their OL could be upgraded is exaggerated. They do, however, has all teams do need depth at the position. I can easily see Brooks going much higher than this, but someone is bound to fall in this range.

7th Round:Tony Dye, S, UCLA

I know this seems low for Dye (Walterfootball has currently has him in the third round), but it’s not from the conversations I’ve had with UCLA editor joebruin.com and I agree. Dye has had a brutal year riffed with injuries. On top o that he’s not a great athlete, more of a smart player than a physically gifted marvel, those players usually fall, and they definitely fall when they play the way he has this year.

 

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