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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
I asked a few days ago for your mock draft choices for each NFC South team and your responses were tremendous.
We'll start the inaugural NFC South readers' mock draft with the New Orleans Saints. That's mainly because the Saints hold the first pick (No. 14) among the NFC South teams. But it's also a good thing we're starting with the Saints because this was the easiest pick to call.
The basic premises I asked you to play by were to not project any trades and to be realistic about who would be available when each pick was made. I just read through about 500 ballots your hands-down pick for the Saints is ...
Wait, let's put this in the hands of the readers since they were making the call.
Clay in NO writes: The Saints should take Malcolm Jenkins. His versatility and ability to play either safety or cb (regardless of his 40 time the guy makes plays), would greatly help a Saints secondary in need of a playmaker. He could be tested at cb and if that didnt work out be groomed as Darren Sharpers successor at free safety. The safety position has become one of the most crucial spots on the field for a defense. Look at the impact Bob Sanders has on the Colts defense when he is in and out of the lineup. It is crazy to even think for a second that a rb should be taken at 14, especially since they will be splitting carries. A power runner can be taken in a later round. Every year the Saints badly need to improve their secondary and every year it gets ignored. Theyve made some improvements in the offseason, but this is their chance to grab a playmaker that will be there for years to come.
Troy in New Orleans writes: Saints should select M. Jenkins at 14. He is a need player with a super future ahead of him. If they select anyone else, i.e. Beanie Wells, Knowshan Moreno, this will come back to haunt them.
Neil in New Orleans writes: At no. 14 the Saints should take CB/S Malcolm Jenkins from Ohio State. As much as I'd love to see RB Chris Wells in the same backfield with Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas, the defense should still remain as the Saints' number 1 off-season priority. Under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, along with a revamped secondary (Greer and Sharper signings), Jenkins has the potential to be a great addition in the near future and a mainstay on a much improved defense. The Saints may have an opportunity to select another big back later in the draft, namely Rashad Jennings from Liberty.
Jenkins outpaced the field by about 60 votes. That's easily the biggest margin for any of the NFC South mock picks, as you'll see when we post results for the other teams as the afternoon goes on. Southern California linebacker Brian Cushing was your second choice. Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie'' Wells finished a distant third and Southern California linebacker Clay Matthews was fourth.
I'll be back in a bit with your pick for Tampa Bay at No. 19.