Saints set meetings with two more LBs

The New Orleans Saints are continuing their player meetings leading up to the NFL Draft, and has learned of two more meeting with top linebackers, including one that many consider a Top 15 selection. Find out who they're meeting with inside.

The New Orleans Saints will meet with two more linebacker prospects in the near future, Tennessee's Jerod Mayo and UNLV's Beau Bell.

Mayo (6-foot-1, 242), is considered to be one of the top two middle linebackers in this draft, as he's consistently ranked close to Penn State's Dan Connor. Many mock drafts have Mayo going before Connor, potentially in the Top 15.

Mayo's stock has gone up during the offseason, especially after he ran a 4.54 at his pro day last month.

Mayo recorded a career-high 140 tackles (79 solos), the most stops by a Tennessee defender since Earnest Fields' 140 hits in 1990. Some scouts have compared Mayo to former NFL pro Randall Godfrey and believe Mayo could be a better fit on the weak side than in the middle.

Bell (6-foot-1, 244 pounds) is considered a fourth-round value by many draft experts but may have seen his stock fall after running a 4.90 at his pro day workout last month.

Still, Bell had a productive senior campaign for the Rebels. He started all twelve games at weak-side outside linebacker, leading the team and conference (ranked 20th nationally) with a career-high 126 tackles (79 solos). He made three sacks for minus 17 yards and 9.5 stops for losses of 34 yards. He led the league with five forced fumbles. He deflected three passes and intercepted four others for 13 yards in returns, including a touchdown.

Bell is drawing comparisons to Oakland LB Napoleon Harris.

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