CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Landon Turner #78 of the North Carolina Tar Heels signals for a touchdown during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Kenan Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Saints 2016 Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Class

I’ll continue to update this list as things become official. Keep in mind some of these are signed UDFAs and some may just be rookie camp invites. Ryker Mathews, OT, BYU De’Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M Jared Dangerfield, WR, Western Kentucky Trae Elston, FS, Ole Miss Landon Turner, G, UNC Joseph Cheek, G, Texas A&M […]

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Presenting the 2016 New Orleans Saints Draft Class

This was one of the stranger drafts in recent memory. I really felt the Saints did an A+ job after the first two days, with my lone regret being the failure to draft a guard. I thought the third day was thoroughly disappointing. They’ll need to go a good job landing a solid undrafted free […]

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Saints select RB Daniel Lasco in 7th Round

A strange selection to end it. Despite having Mark Ingram, C. J. Spiller, Tim Hightower, Travaris Cadet and Marcus Murphy on the roster – they go running back. Lasco will start as the 6th guy on the depth chart. I give him long odds to make the roster. Here’s his write up on NFL.com: OVERVIEW […]

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Saints trade up to draft Manitoba DT David Onyemata in 4th round

You knew Mickey Loomis could never help himself with sitting idle for two full rounds of drafting. So he shipped the Saints 5th round pick this year and 5th round pick next year. My hope is that would be for a guard. Instead, it was for a Nigerian football player who has known the game […]

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25 players for the Saints to target on day 3 of the draft

The Saints currently have two picks remaining after trading up to land Vonn Bell in the 2nd round. Because they pick in the 5th and 7th round, they’ll have to sit through the entire 4th round and half of the 5th before they’re up to select again. Based on that, if they get lucky enough […]

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Saints trade up to 2nd round to select Ohio State FS Vonn Bell

Let me first say I like Vonn Bell. Throughout this process I identified him as a guy that was a great fit for the Saints. If you told me Rankins, Thomas and Bell were all three coming to the Saints, I would be thrilled. So I can’t complain too much. But the Saints gave up […]

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Saints select WR Michael Thomas of Ohio State in 2nd Round

Passing on guard Cody Whitehair, who I believe was the best guard in the draft, hurt. That said, Michael Thomas was #4 on my “Saints board” best remaining and wide receiver was a big need. I like the pick. It fills a need and I believe Thomas will compete to start. It’ll be a lot […]

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10 players that make the most sense for Saints in round 2

While I’m very pleased with landing Sheldon Rankins, there’s much work to be done to improve the Saints roster. The cluster of talent at defensive tackle is an interesting dilemma in round 2 now that the Saints have a defensive tackle on board. On one hand you’re thinking there’s no way they double up in […]

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 03:  Sheldon Rankins #98 of the Louisville Cardinals tackles Chris Coyer #10 of the Temple Owls at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Saints select DT Sheldon Rankins of Louisville 12th overall

If you had told me prior to the draft that the Saints would have Laremy Tunsil and Myles Jack available at 12 I wouldn’t have believed you. But after Tunsil’s questionable video and Jack’s medical concerns, I can’t blame the Saints for filling a massive need and taking the safest pick. That’s the defensive tackle, […]

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Saints Nation 2016 Writers’ Mock 1st Round Draft

With mere hours on the clock until the 2016 NFL Draft begins, the Saints Nation staff (4/5 of them) decided to have a go at the first round and see how it shook out. Four writers took on the first four picks, and then repeated the order throughout round 1. No trades were permitted (hard […]

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Saints Nation’s Final 7 Round Mock Saints Draft, version 6.0

Draft day! One final time I’m giving you a mock Saints draft to get you ready for tonight. Again I’ll be using the Fanspeak On the Clock simulator. I’ve done this five times now (following versions 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0) and I’ll be using a composite big board ranking system which adds all the grades up together. This time I’ll […]

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Brian’s Saints mock drafts

The rules I set for myself in making these picks was that it had to be a realistic player at that position, and that try not to pick the same player with each attempt unless they are BPA. I did four drafts on Fanspeak’s draft simulator using their big board projections. The primary focus was on […]

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Final Saints Draft Board 2016, Top 150 Players

I researched a lot of film, interviews online, games, did tons of mock drafts and studied every prospect about as closely as I could. Below is my top 150 player Saints board for 2016. For comparison sake, I also included their ranking on the Fanspeak Composite Big Board in parantheses. The Fanspeak big board combines the […]

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“Murderer’s Row” will define the 2016 Saints

Like many, the second the schedule comes out I go through counting wins and losses. And like many, I either find myself with a runaway playoff team or a prodigious loser (amazing how few of us see a schedule from year to year and manage to find the middle truth of 7-9/8-8). This year I […]

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Be Prepared for 2016 to be Drew’s Last as a Saint

I haven’t written much as of late. I think it’s because every time I get an idea I try to write it like a professional, hit a mental brick wall and give up. I’m not a professional. I’ll never be one, and there are plenty of better options if you’d like to read a professionally […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30:  Andrus Peat of the Stanford Cardinal football team holds up a jersey after being picked #13 by the New Orleans Saints during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

SN BlogCast ep.9 Last week and next week

So a new week and we have enough too talk about I think. We will discuss the schedule, the QB situation. Since this will be the last post before the draft we will give our thoughts on what we would like to see happen, in general or in detail. Next week we will skip an […]

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Taking a look at Shaq to the Saints… again

Last year I got a decent amount of flack from other members of Saints Nation and our readers for getting so totally sold on linebacker Shaq Thompson. I said there was nothing the Saints needed more than a linebacker with legit coverage skills, speed, and a nose for the football, and unfortunately I was right. […]

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