Saints 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3

Will Osgood@@BRwillosgoodAnalyst IApril 27, 2013

Saints 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3

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    Through two days of the 2013 NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints have been fairly creative. The team has taken two versatile defenders (hybrid defensive back Kenny Vaccaro and flex defensive lineman John Jenkins) and potentially their starting left tackle, Terron Armstead. 

    The team is still missing out on a dominant pass-rusher. Alex Okafor was there for the taking after the Saints pulled off the Chris Ivory trade and packaged it for the 82nd pick, which they used for Jenkins. 

    Okafor will not remain when the team selects again, 144th overall (fifth round, Pick No. 11). Maybe, just maybe another underrated pass-rusher will still be on the board. 

    Whatever the Saints do, the team still needs to find value with its final two picks in this draft. 

Fifth Round, Pick No. 11 (144): Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB, Illinois

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    The New Orleans Saints are still looking for a pass-rusher to add to what figures to be an impressive mix. That mix currently consists of Martez Wilson, Victor Butler and Junior Galette. It could also include Braylon Broughton and Greg Romeus. 

    Still it wouldn't be a shocker to see Mickey Loomis and his staff take a chance on a prospect who figures to have his best days ahead of him as a pass-rusher. Michael Buchanan figures to come off the board right around pick No. 144, making this a rather obvious selection. 

    Many question Buchanan's ability to stand up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4, though most admit it's what would be ideal based on his size (6'5", 255 lbs.). As a pass-rusher, Buchanan is known for great burst and explosion to get to the quarterback. He also has a wicked spin move. 

    He is not truly developed as a pass-rusher, though, and is known to struggle against the run. That combination could scare the Saints away from pairing him with fellow Illini alum 'Tez Wilson. 

    The potential has been displayed. Buchanan could fit the Saints, since Rob Ryan likes his outside linebackers as big as possible. 

    For a full scouting report, click here

Sixth Round, Pick No. 15 (183): Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee

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    No one is ever going to mistake Mychal Rivera for Brandon Pettigrew in terms of blocking ability, or Aaron Hernandez in terms of athleticism. 

    Yet, Rivera is one of the most balanced and likely tight ends to find success in the pro game. He has excellent hands, can work the seam as well as anyone in this draft not named Gavin Escobar and exhibits great football intelligence. 

    He regularly took a poor Tyler Bray throw and made an excellent catch to save the day for the Volunteers offense. For that reason, he is a similar player to Jimmy Graham. One might even say he's a near clone. 

    Rivera makes sense for the Saints as a developmental tight end, especially after the team has pretty much taken care of any other "needs" at this point in the draft. 

    For a full scouting report, click here