Three draft options for the Saints

April, 9, 2013
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We continue our series of first-round draft options for each of the NFC South teams with the New Orleans Saints.

They currently are holding the 15th overall pick. Here are three guys I can see the Saints drafting in the first round:

Barkevious Mingo, outside linebacker, LSU: The Saints need an athletic pass-rusher to fit in their new 3-4 scheme. Mingo has all the measurables to be a star.

Jarvis Jones, outside linebacker, Georgia: Jones’ workout numbers weren’t as good as Mingo’s. But Jones had a much more productive college career and could be the safer choice.

Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Oklahoma: It’s fairly unlikely that Johnson will be available at No. 15. But I’m not ruling out the possibility of the Saints trading up a few spots to get him. They have a glaring need at left tackle after losing Jermon Bushrod in free agency.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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