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NFL Draft Predictions for New Orleans Saints in the Second Round

Max Staley
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The New Orleans Saints would've had a shot at the Super Bowl last season if it wasn't for one of the most egregious missed calls in NFL history. While duplicating a season that successful is never easy, the Saints could find themselves back in Super Bowl contention if they play their cards right.

The Saints are unlikely to find the production they got in the 2016-17 NFL Draft when they took Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore – who would both go on to win Rookie of the Year – because they owe their first-round pick to the Green Bay Packers this season. However, there are still some talented prospects who could be available when the Saints make their first selection of the draft at pick No. 62.

3. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson Tigers

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The Saints have a really solid secondary, but they have a few players entering the final season of their contracts, like Eli Apple. If New Orleans is unwilling to commit to Apple beyond next season, drafting his eventual replacement at No. 62 could help facilitate a seamless transition. At 6' 1", Trayvon Mullen is a long, rangy corner with good instincts who could step in and play right away if need be.

2. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

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The Saints were one of the best offenses in the league last season, scoring 30.4 points per game (PPG), which ranked No. 3 in the NFL. However, they could really use an explosive wide receiver like Parris Campbell to play alongside Thomas. Both players went to Ohio State, but there's more to like about this pairing than just the collegiate connection. Campbell has blazing speed (4.31 40-yard dash), and he could take the top off the defense while Thomas dominates over the middle of the field. Drafting Campell could take this offense to the next level.

1. Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

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Dre'Mont Jones is another Ohio State product, and he projects as an excellent fit on the interior of the Saints' defensive line. New Orleans lost defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to an Achilles tear last season, and he may not be back for Week 1. Jones is a monster athlete with big-time upside, and he looks like an NFL-ready player. Jones could have the opportunity to contribute right away, and he'd be an excellent replacement for Rankins while he's out.

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