Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft: New Orleans Saints Score with Phil Taylor
Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Saints Filling a Big Need with a Big Man
The New Orleans Saints put up some pretty respectable defensive numbers in 2010, but the eye test told a different story. All you had to do was watch Marshawn Lynch plow his way to the end zone in the playoffs, and you knew that there was something missing for the Saints on defense.
In case you're wondering what the something was, I have two words for you: young talent.
The Saints have the No. 24 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and it goes without saying that they should be able to find some young talent. Our friend Mel Kiper has them taking Phil Taylor from Baylor in his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft (must have ESPN Insider), and I daresay he should do the trick.
When it comes to evaluating Taylor, Kiper keeps it simple:
Taylor is a real load, and the best pure anchor tackle on the board. Listed at 334 pounds, Taylor probably played closer to 350 during an impressive final season at Baylor. You can stack blockers on him, but Taylor won't give ground, and will free up linebackers to make more plays in the running game.
In addition to being in the 350-pound neighborhood, Taylor is also 6-foot-3. He's humongous, which means that if nothing else he will command extra blockers. One way or another, he has the potential to be a huge asset when it comes to defending the run, which is something the Saints did struggle with last year.
The Saints do have other needs they could look to fill. An outside linebacker is a priority, and don't count out the idea of them drafting a running back. But if Taylor is on the board, and he should be, the Saints really can't go wrong with him.
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