Saints 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 & Beyond
With the Saints' next pick coming at No. 75 overall (third round, No. 13), some of the primary targets coming in, Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead and Texas OLB Alex Okafor, figure to be off the board.
It should be noted that the addition of Vaccaro largely takes care of the cornerback need the team had going into this draft as well, since Vaccaro can play in the slot with regularity.
Still, the Saints have some good options left in this draft. Here is the updated mock draft for days two and three.
Third Round, Pick No. 13: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
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I mocked Markus Wheaton to the Saints for the first time in my final mock draft Thursday. With such a run of offensive tackles to this point in the draft, there just isn't a player available here at that position who makes sense.
There also is not an outside linebacker or pass-rusher to get super excited about (there will be in the fourth round).
Wheaton will excel working the slot for a number of plays in his initial season. Eventually he will also become a great deep threat. Of course, it could actually work in reverse order. Time will tell.
Wheaton also possesses the ability to return, which happens to be a desperate need for the Saints.
Fourth Round, Pick No. 12: Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
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The Saints have three outside linebackers who are expected to provide a significant pass rush. None of those players (Martez Wilson, Junior Galette and Victor Butler) are stout run defenders, though.
Chase Thomas can be that guy. In many ways, that's exactly what he does.
He'll also be able to provide some pass rush as a go-getter. He has a high motor that rarely stops.
What more can a team ask for from a fourth-round pick? Thomas would essentially be a starter.
Fifth Round, Pick No. 11: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
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Zach Strief is a bit of a stiff. Truthfully, he is better as a backup tackle.
Reid Fragel is such a good athlete. The former Ohio State tight end, who moved to offensive tackle just this past season, is the most athletic offensive tackle still available in the draft.
The Saints are going to desire a tackle who can move in space and make blocks in the open field to create space for the Saints' multi-dimensional backs (Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Travaris Cadet).
In the fifth round, Fragel is a wonderful selection.
Sixth Round, Pick No. 15: Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas
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Chris Gragg is a nice prospect as a versatile tight end who figures to be able to block effectively in the run game and as a pass protector.
Gragg can also run and has the ability to potentially take Jimmy Graham's place in the event he leaves via free agency next offseason.
As a sixth-round prospect, he is a great developmental target. In a year or two, Gragg will become a similar player to what Jimmy Graham is now, if given the opportunities.
In the sixth round, the Saints could do a million times worse.