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After a quick spin around the Web, I found several sites that made a selection for the New Orleans Saints at No. 10. I make my final selection at No. 10 on Friday in my week-long mock draft.
But what are other football minds thinking? That's what I set out to find out and the results surprised me. I took a look at a dozen mock drafts and there was some consensus, which tells me that the Saints could be focusing on just a handful of players on Saturday. See which players other experts are selecting, and naturally, I have something to say about each pick.
CB Leodis McKelvin — Chris Steuber, Scout.com Draft Analyst; Don Banks, SI.com; Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com; Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com; Scott Wright, NFLDraftCountdown.com
My take: He's probably the most likely selection, though he's not the one that I like for this defense at this selection. You can find out my pick on Friday. What McKelvin does is add value in the return game, where he could get Reggie Bush off punt returns and keep the scat-back a little healthier in 2008. McKelvin also becomes an immediate contributor in nickel packages and pushes for a starting job in 2009. But remember — it's a deep draft for cornerbacks. The Saints could go after a lesser name later and still get solid value.
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie — Vic Carruci, NFL.com; Dave Goldberg, Associated Press; SportingNews.com
My take: His best asset is his ability to play the football under control. He has the top end speed scouts are looking for and his stock has soared this offseason. The Saints want a playmaker in the secondary and DR-C could be that guy. But I wonder about his transition to the NFL and his consistency of play early in his NFL career.
LB Keith Rivers — Pat Kirwan, NFL.com; Mike Mayock, NFL.com; Greg Cox, TheFootballExpert.com
My take: Don't forget that Dan Morgan is an injury waiting to happen and was only signed to a two-year deal. Rivers could step in on the weak side as a backup and fill in for Morgan when he inevitably gets hurt. He's talented enough to push for a starting job immediately to secure one by 2009.
DT Sedrick Ellis — Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
My take: The Saints do need help inside, that's for sure. But the only way they secure Ellis — or Glenn Dorsey for that matter — is to trade up, something Mickey Loomis acknowledged on Tuesday was being explored. Love the player, though. If he dropped to No. 10, the Saints should pull the trigger.
I don't see a lot of surprises at No. 10, unless the Saints make a deal. At least two of these guys will be available and should make a sizeable addition to a defense that still needs talent.
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