2019 NFL mock draft: Saints add an Alabama linebacker – (Saints Wire) Saints News

Saints News Network | 694f84319ce0e8da8fc50704efdbf5dd | New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints are on bye this week, so it’s time to look over 2019 NFL mock drafts. That’s hard when you remember how few draft picks the Saints have in the opening rounds next year, as few analysts project past the first 32 selections.
Thankfully, Luke Easterling over at Draft Wire recently put out a two-round mock draft with a nice pickup for the Saints: Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Anfernee Jennings (6-foot-2, 265-pounds). Here’s a sample from Jennings’ bio on the Draft Network, written by Jon Ledyard:

PROS: Thunderous punch to set a strong edge. Not kicked out by pullers easily. Holds the point of attack with heavy, violent hands. Knows what to do in unblocked situations. Quick mental processing on fakes and backfield misdirection to find and track the ball.
Strong hands at the top of the arc. Utilizes long arms to keep blockers off his frame. Rarely locked up or in a position where he can’t at least get in pursuit. Fluid enough mover to make stops in space. Bull rush is a factor.
CONS: Not an explosive athlete off the ball. Won’t threaten the edge with speed or quickness. Doesn’t anticipate the snap particularly well, failing to make tackles uncomfortable out of their stance. Has some shoulder dip to him as a rusher, but not bendy enough to turn tight corners to the pocket through contact.
Hands are weapons, but are utilized a little methodically at times. Can be slow to transition to counters and sometimes his attacks just aren’t quick and deadly enough.
Jennings has a unique backstory. The former four-star recruit nearly lost his left leg in an ugly, fluke injury during last year’s Sugar Bowl. A random slow-motion video from a fan and quick action from Alabama’s medical staff saved the limb, and miraculously allowed Jennings to suit up against Louisville eight months later. Now Jennings is back in Alabama’s rotation and is top five on the defense for sacks (2.5), tackles for loss (3.5), and pass breakups (3). He’s just a playmaker out there.
Sure, the Saints have found a competent unit between free agents Demario Davis and A.J. Klein, and second-year draftee Alex Anzalone. There’s probably going to be other positions of need like tight end and cornerback. But there’s certainly a scenario where Jennings could be the best player available.
Of course, wouldn’t it be more fun if the Saints just punted on next year’s draft and traded for Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson? Deion Sanders thinks so.

Saints News Network | Read-Saints-Articles | New Orleans Saints

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Saints Tickets on SeatGeek
You May Also Like

PFF grades Marcus Davenport as NFL’s 2nd Best Rookie Edge Rusher – (Saints Wire)

There was plenty of hand-wringing over the summer about New Orleans Saints…

Browns surprisingly rule out star WR Josh Gordon vs. Saints – (Saints Wire)

The Cleveland Browns created a stir on Saturday afternoon when ESPN insider…

Wil Lutz exemplifies sportsmanship after win over Browns – (Saints Wire)

The New Orleans Saints show their good will often through community service,…

PFF grades Marcus Davenport as NFL’s 2nd-best rookie edge rusher – (Saints Wire)

There was plenty of hand-wringing over the summer about New Orleans Saints…
Loading...