Assume with me for one second that we live in a world where fantasy football was actually the way teams operated. If true, it would mean a new team would be drafted each season.
Now stretch your assumption a little further to include this detail: a team can select any player from this year’s draft with no concern of that player being taken from them by another franchise.
As Payton regularly speaks of, it is important to "have a vision for the player." Each player on this list is selected to fit a certain role. It is assumed if he were taken out of that role and placed in another, he would be unsuccessful. In other words, though this mock draft is restricted to one player at each position, exceptions will be made as it fits the Saints' system.
To fit the system, two running backs can be taken—an every-down back, a la Mark Ingram, and a “flex back,” a la Darren Sproles.
Two tight ends—one elite receiving tight end and another a tremendous blocker—will be allowed. Three wide receivers will be allowed. Finally, an extra safety and corner will be allowed for sub-package defenses.
This idea consummated for me while watching college film this season and finding myself uttering, "I'd take that whole defense." Or in some cases, it would be offense.
Teams that were included in that were Georgia, South Carolina, LSU, Alabama, Florida, Stanford and a few others from the offensive side of the ball.
What if the Saints actually could just take an entire college defense and offense and start over? What if they could allow a bunch of young kids to develop from day one together? This is simply intended to be that thought played out with the added caveat of being able to pick the actual group of players.
This is the perfect 30-man New Orleans Saints team built from the 2013 NFL Draft.