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Previewing four rounds is more difficult than one or two. The list of potential players the Saints could take Saturday is slightly longer. Here are some of the players who stand out as potential fits for Sean Payton’s team.
Devon Kennard, OLB, Southern California
The 6’3”, 250-pound outside linebacker was a highly productive player at Southern California. And the Saints have historically loved players from the South Central LA private school.
His size and measurables fit what the Saints are looking for at the outside linebacker spot, as does his college production.
Larry Webster, OLB/TE, Bloomsburg
Webster is the son of former NFL defensive tackle Larry Webster, who played in the NFL for 11 years—most notably with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.
The junior Webster projects as a pass-rushing outside linebacker, though he also was given an opportunity to show off his athleticism by playing tight end at the East-West Shrine Game.
Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma
Oklahoma regularly produces NFL-ready centers. Ikard is no exception. As is typical of OU offensive linemen, he is tough and physical and plays the game the right way. He’s taller and slightly thicker than the average center, which may work in his favor.
Bryan Stork, C, Florida State
Some draft analysts are not as high on the national champion center, but the Saints may like what they see from Stork. He is another very large center with active feet who anchors well against bull rushes from interior defensive linemen.
Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
Skov played in a 3-4 at Stanford, though not the exact same kind of scheme that the Saints feature. He is two parts nasty, two parts intelligent and in full just a really good football player.
Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU
Barrow is a bit smaller than the ideal inside linebacker for the Saints, but that doesn’t mean the Saints won't consider him. If he puts on a little weight and adds some strength, he could fit as a sub-package player and special teams ace.
Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut
Smallwood is not small. OK, sorry for that bad pun. Anyhow, the Connecticut product is a quality football player who is most likely falling down draft boards because of medical concerns. He also can be a sub-package player.
Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky
Jackson is another player who projects as a 3-4 linebacker. A player who flies around the field, he ideally needs to add some strength but could be an every-down player in a few years.
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Murray was not going to be drafted before Day 3 even if he hadn’t torn his ACL during his senior season. He is an intelligent quarterback with underrated athleticism, at least prior to tearing the ligament in his knee.
He could become a Drew Brees clone with some mentoring from the New Orleans star.
A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State
Leonard could be likened to Marques Colston when the franchise leader in touchdown receptions was coming out of Hofstra. Colston, of course, was a tight end in college, as Leonard was at Tennessee State.
Character concerns figure to be the primary reason Leonard might go undrafted.
Chris Boswell, K, Rice
Boswell had 13 made field goals of 50-plus yards—three of them from 55-plus. As a kickoff specialist he managed to boom 80 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks. His percentages were not as great as is ideal for the No. 1 placekicker in the draft, but he would fit in well inside the dome.
Cairo Santos, K, Tulane
Saints fans would love to see Santos in black and gold. With an accurate and strong leg, he would fit in well.