If they could do it all over, the Saints defense
would look a lot different.
benefit of hindsight, re-drafting an NFL draft
from years’ past is typically fun. Then you’d have scenarios like
the 2017 NFL Draft, where if teams had a do-over, there is
absolutely a zero percent change the Saints
are able to end up with any of the players they actually drafted.
That’s the rub – if you re-draft a successful draft, you’re
disappointed with the new results, but if you re-draft a poor draft
class, you can think about what could-have-been.
So when ESPN re-drafted
the 2015 NFL Draft (Insider Required), it’s definitely a
case of daydreaming about what the Saints defense could have looked
like if the Saints skipped out on a player like Stephone
Anthony all together.
p id=”NEHczF”>With their
first 1st Round pick, the Saints selected Andrus
Peat out of Stanford 13th overall. Instead, in the
re-draft, they added a piece to the secondary:
Amos, S, Penn State
broke out with the No. 2 grade among safeties last year (92.0), and
the Saints have been piecing together their secondary over the past
few years. He would be a perfect piece in that rebuild, as he has
quietly been the 10th most valuable player in the class of
Peat, in case you were wondering, did not make the entire
first round of the ESPN re-draft. He would likely show up somewhere
in the next two rounds if the mock re-draft were to continue. Stephone
Anthony, who the Saints selected 31st overall, on the
other hand, would be hard pressed to see his name called in the
first four rounds. Instead, the Saints added a different linebacker
in the re-draft:
New Pick: Benardrick
McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
looked like a run-stuffing thumper coming out, and he has been that
and a bit more for the Texans.
The Saints continue to search for impact linebackers, as Anthony
struggled mightily and others have come and gone with little
success. McKinney can play the run (his 82.0 grade ranks 13th in
the NFL since 2015) and hold his own in coverage, if you can limit
his one-on-one interactions with running backs.
Oh, what could have
So what do you think of the
Saints first round draft class in the re-draft? Would you have
preferred the Saints still find their way to Andrus Peat 31st
overall? Tell us in the comments. Send me
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