Position-by-Position 2013 NFL Draft Big Board for the New Orleans Saints

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Position-by-Position 2013 NFL Draft Big Board for the New Orleans Saints
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Though the calendar is still flipped to November, the NFL draft is on the minds of every NFL franchise, including the New Orleans Saints

At 5-6, the Saints are still very much in the playoff race. Thus, the team's eventual first-round slot is very much in question. Therefore, it would be unwise to try to slot a particular player or batch of players to them in a mock draft. 

Instead, the best practice is to make a big board, similar to the one Mickey Loomis and his staff will have completed at least a few days before April's college selection meeting. This one will have a few caveats, though. 

Unlike Mickey Loomis' board, I will not include any of my top 10 draft eligible prospects, since it is nearly 100 percent certain the team will be picking sometime after. As such, Luke Joeckel, Star Lotuleli, Jonathan Hankins, Geno Smith, Damontre Moore, Barkevious Mingo, Manti Te'o, Dee Milliner, Jonathan Cooper and Terrance Williams (my current top-10 prospects) will not be featured on any list. 

Likewise, players such as Jarvis Jones, who is exclusively a 3-4 OLB will not be featured because there is zero chance the Saints would draft him because he is not a scheme fit in Steve Spagnuolo's defense.

At the same time, a player such as Southern California safety T.J. McDonald could be given a higher grade because of scheme-specific traits he exhibits that make him a great fit in New Orleans. 

Finally, grades will be given even at positions the Saints may not draft players to closely identify with the actual draft process that goes on in NFL war rooms come draft time. 

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