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Mock roundup: All over the map

5/8/2014

ESPN NFL draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay turned in their final mock drafts this morning. Kiper went with a bit of a wild card, vaulting BYU pass-rusher Kyle Van Noy to the New Orleans Saints at No. 27.

I haven’t seen many analysts projecting Van Noy that high, but I agree with Kiper’s thoughts on how Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan would find a creative way to use such a versatile talent.

McShay went with TCU cornerback Jason Verrett. Obviously I like the fit, since the small-but-physical cornerback is the same guy I have the Saints taking if they don’t trade up.

Projecting New Orleans’ pick is obviously a tricky business, though. I tallied up a total of 33 mock drafts from either national media outlets that cover the entire league or local media outlets that cover the Saints. And there are a total of 16 different projections.

The most popular is USC receiver Marqise Lee. And I would be right there with them if I felt like Lee would fall to No. 27. But I think it’s highly unlikely he slips that far. He’s too much of a dynamic talent. I think the Saints will have to trade up to get him (which is definitely a possibility).

Here’s the list of projections for the Saints:

USC WR Marqise Lee – 5

USC C Marcus Martin – 4

Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin - 3

Ohio State CB Bradley Roby – 3

Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier – 3

TCU CB Jason Verrett – 3

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks – 2

Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard – 2

Missouri DE Kony Ealy – 1

Auburn OLB Dee Ford – 1

Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste – 1

Penn State WR Allen Robinson – 1

Louisville DE Marcus Smith – 1

BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy - 1

Trading up (for Cooks) – 1

Trading down (for Jean-Baptiste) – 1