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With all of the transactions that have been made in this theory, the Saints have come up with some great players in free agency and can now add two draft picks that they desperately need.
I'd use these seven picks like so:
First Round: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Third Round: Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern
Third Round (from TEN/STL): Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego St.
Fourth Round: David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose St.
Fifth Round: William Gholston, DE, Michigan St.
Sixth Round: Meshak Williams, OLB, Kansas St.
Seventh Round: Terrence Brown, CB, Stanford
Seventh Round (From TEN/STL): Quanterus Smith, OLB, Western Kentucky
This draft right here would fantastic. Put this together with all of the other things that they have done, and New Orleans has turned an area of weakness—the entire defense—into a very young area of strength.
Vaccaro would team up with Malcolm Jenkins to give the Saints a very versatile, top-end duo in the back of their secondary. B. Williams would be the future at nose tackle and join Brodrick Bunkley in a nice rotation at that position.
Escobar could be Aaron Hernandez to Jimmy Graham's Rob Gronkowski and become a very dynamic duo that would cause a lot of matchup problems. Quessenberry joins Escobar as the only offensive players in this "mock" and adds tremendous upside at the tackle position. He was very productive against better talent in the Senior Bowl.
Gholston is a heck of a talent that would be a steal if he drops, as expected, into the early part of the fifth round. He could back up Cameron Jordan almost immediately and be productive.
The next three picks are sleepers that, in my opinion, are going to be very good NFL players.
Williams and Smith show a relentless motor and ridiculous pass-rushing skills, but both are limited in the run game. That reason has their stock very low. Add injury to Smith's 2012 season and you get why he is around the seventh-free agent barrier.
With the addition of Spencer, Martez Wilson and Galette on the other side, the team can take low-risk/high-reward players later in the draft and keep their focus on better the team elsewhere.
All in all, this turnover might seem like a little much, but the last couple times the Saints have had a turnover like so was in 2006 and 2009. Those years worked out pretty well I'd say, and neither of those can hold a candle to the bright future that could be waiting for New Orleans with these moves.