New Orleans Saints 2012 Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions

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New Orleans Saints 2012 Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions
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Last time out, I took a look at the "dream" prospects that the Saints would like to land in the 2012 NFL Draft. This time, I will take aim at prospects that I think New Orleans will target in each round that will help build on the 2011 season's success.

The Saints will have holes to fill with quality free agents likely gone to a higher bidder.

Those names are Marques Colston, Tracy Porter and Robert Meachem. I think the Saints tie up the Brees and Nicks contracts and let the chips fall on the other FAs. Those three names are not going to take a hometown discount. They have priced their way right out of the Saints grasp.

The NFL is a business. Just like any business, you have new employees to evaluate and train. Without the luxury of a first-round pick, the Saints will lean heavily on their scouting department. That is a scouting department that finds gems with relative ease in the middle rounds and beyond (i.e. Jahri Evans, Rd. 4, and Pierre Thomas, UDFA).

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