Saints Mock Draft — Round 7

On Saturday the New Orleans Saints will finally be on the clock for the 2008 NFL Draft. Who will they select in the seventh round? Today, Matthew Postins kicks off his final mock draft with his seventh-round selection for the Saints. Check back every day this week for Postins' selections, leading up to his first-round pick on Friday.

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Seventh round — No. 218 overall

DE Bryan Mattison, Iowa

First Mock Draft selection: CB Jonathan Zenon, LSU.

Second Mock Draft selection: WR Pierre Garcon, Mount Union.

Why?: Because one mock draft compared this guy to another former Hawkeye, Aaron Kampman, now knocking the snot out of quarterbacks for the Green Bay Packers.

I actually thought about inserting this guy into my last mock draft, but now that my previous pick — Mount Union WR Pierre Garcon — appears to have slipped out of the draft entirely, I can address a position need and get a potentially solid defensive player.

At 6-foot-2, 287 pounds, scouts say he excels on stunts, plays with smarts and is a better athlete than he looks. He's not an explosive guy, but he defends the run well — and area the Saints need to shore up — and is a power rusher, which means he's a natural fit for the left end.

The Saints had just 33 sacks a year ago and by improving their pass rush they'll improve their pass defense.

Alternate theory: Our Scout.com expert Tom Marino selected UNLV's Jeremy Geathers in his recent seventh-round mock draft. Geathers is the son of former Saint Jumpy Geathers, so keep an eye on him in this round. Jeremy, though, is more of a speed rusher. One mock draft has Hampton DE Kendall Langford dropping into the seventh round, and that would represent a great value here.

And don't forget to stop by on Monday for my sixth-round selection.


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Matthew Postins is the publisher of Saintsinsider.com. He is an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association.


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