Saturday, April 17, 2021

New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 9.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our New Orleans Saints Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New Orleans Saints from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Saints:

EDSFootball - Hanson (4/15)

28. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

When asked on NFL Network, Toney said that he models his game after Alvin Kamara. With the team releasing Emmanuel Sanders earlier this offseason, adding a versatile playmaker like Toney to the receiving corps would be a great fit for Sean Payton's offense.

Fox Sports - Rang (4/15)

28. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

The March 11 release of Janoris Jenkins freed up some money for New Orleans, but it also created a significant hole opposite young, shutdown corner Marshon Lattimore. Durability concerns will push Farley down the board a bit, but he's a top 15 talent.

CBS Sports - Jones (4/14)

28. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Farley was my CB1 in January, but as other corners tested well and Farley underwent another back procedure, he dropped to the bottom of the first. That's great news for the Saints, who lost Janoris Jenkins in free agency.

Washington Post - Clayton (4/14)

28. Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

The Saints might prefer Collins, but they don't have the draft capital to move up to get him. After losing Alex Anzalone and Kwon Alexander, they have a need for a linebacker, but they could also target a receiver here.

The Athletic - Brugler (4/14)

28. Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

Davis is an impressive size/speed athlete who trusts his eyes to lead him to the football. He only started one season, but it was a productive one season with 10.2 tackles per game and three interceptions, including a pick-six vs. Tennessee.

Yahoo Sports! - Edholm (4/13)

28. Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

Whoo, boy. We're not certain Mills will crack the top 32 picks, but a landing spot here wouldn't be a stunner. The Saints have bypassed QBs left and right over the years in an effort to add more immediate firepower. With Drew Brees gone, the Saints are left with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill.

They could roll the dice on Mills -- whom they've done their homework on -- after his limited body of work (11 college starts) but promising upside. Every few years we see teams late in Round 1 draft QBs (Jordan Love, Lamar Jackson, Paxton Lynch, Teddy Bridgewater) with an eye on locking them in with the fifth-year option.

ESPN - Kiper (4/13)

28. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

The Saints haven't been able to add players this offseason because of their salary-cap constraints, so this is their best chance to get a player who can make an immediate impact. They have to hit on their pick if they want to extend their championship window with Drew Brees retired. Collins is a versatile linebacker who was the only FBS player to have at least four sacks and four interceptions last season. He wasn't asked to rush the passer much, but he still got four sacks. He could play outside or middle linebacker for New Orleans. He's a fun defender to watch. - Schrager (4/8)

28. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Collins is a 6-foot-5 gazelle at LB, able to cover in space and also get to the QB. The Saints are in a fork-in-the-road period as a franchise, with questions at several areas. Collins is the type of impact player who can help in Year 1.

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