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2017 Saints Pre-Combine Draft

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Posted 02-26-2017 at 07:59 PM by hagan714
Updated 02-28-2017 at 04:22 PM by hagan714

Round 1

O.J. Howard TE Alabama 6055 251 4.57 #88 Sr
HGT - WGT - HAND - ARM - WING
6055 - 249 - 10 - 33 7/8 - 80 3/8


Perennial Pro Bowler Freak? He is an under-utilization receiving TE that offers mismatch opportunities and under valued blocker,“His upside is through the roof,” another scout said, referring to Howard. “He’s a phenomenal human being and a great worker. At Alabama, you’re a blocker first and a receiver second. He’s grown as a blocker from a toughness and effort standpoint, and as a receiver he’s still a little untapped.” Howard is an explosive athlete with breakaway speed, lateral agility, and balance and is projected to be a tight end/hybrid slot receiver that is more reliable run blocker than people give him credit for.

"like the upside"

Round 2

T.J. Watt SOLB/DE/TE Wisconsin 6042 243 4.65 #42 rJr

RAW and a tremendous athlete and defends both the run and pass at a high level. He went to Wisconsin projected as a monster tight end, but switched to defense and made a name for himself at inside and outside linebacker. Quick off the snap and using his hands to good effect, He will attack blockers using his excellent length by using a technique known as push-pull, which upsets the balance of the opponent. Watt also is decisive and quick when it comes to closing the lanes for running backs, and he always tackles well. He’s always searching for the ball. Win with technique, rather than athleticism. Roll of the dice on a player in his first full season as a starter posted 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in 2016

"like the upside"
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Round 3

Kevin King CB/FS/SS Washington 6032 192 4.56 #20 Sr

RAW but potential is sky high. Rare athlete in terms of athleticism and quickness especially for a guy so big. 3-cone time of 6.40 seconds??? Has value at both safety and all three corner back positions. A strong safety-turned-corner that may have the skill set to be groomed for FS. A potential press corner back.has the height, length and speed that translates well to the next level. For his length, he has good movement skills which include the ability to flip his hips. King is an aggressive player and doesn’t hesitate to support the run. Excellent open field tackler. Smaller and shiftier receivers always tend to give longer corner backs some issues. So he is a specialty nickle CB right now to handle match ups of equal size. Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Olsen, Devin Funchess, Luke Stocker, Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Mohamed Sanu all come to mind.

A quality jack-of-all-trades impact player


Round 4

Eddie Jackson FS/SS/CB Alabama 6000 194 4.53 #4 Sr

RAW What a massive improvement after the move to safety from corner back. He is a natural coverage free safety who can cover in man and play the deep center field. Cover 3 - more of a single-high safety? Is a generalization I have some questions about. Last year at CB he looked better in man coverage rather than he did in space. He has the eye for the ball, the speed, the acceleration and the ability to bait a quarterback. Big plus is his tackling skill set. Might be the best tackling DB in the draft. Shame he fractured his leg his leg Oct. 22 on a punt return against Texas A&M.

A quality jack-of-all-trades impact player


Round 5 Traded


Round 6

Treston Decoud CB/FS Oregon State 6020 203 4.54 208 #14 Sr
HGT - WGT - HAND - ARM - WING
6016 - 203 - 9 - 33 1/8 - 77 3/4

Raw but one of the better senior defenders in the country?Solid press coverage skill set on the outside to run man coverage. Instincts are there but needs to be coached up in route recognition at the next level. For a player of his size he is extremely athletic ability he also was the “heart and soul” players of the Beavers. A JC guy from Lakeshore High School Covington, Louisiana that transferred from NW Miss.CC back in 2015. Played only 2 years at Oregon St. Decoud stock rose at the East West game. . Tall, long corner with athleticism and cover skills.

"like the upside"


Round 7

Langi Harvey SLB/DE/ILB/FB BYU 6015 252 4.77 #21 rSr
HGT - WGT - HAND - ARM - WING
6015 - 252 -8 7/8 - 32 3/8 - 76 3/8


A do-everything defender.
He is not a superior athlete but he is a highly productive player with a clearly high FBI. He’s big enough to take on blockers and runners at the point of attack, but also does an excellent job dropping into shallow/medium coverage. He would be a great fit in a scheme that requires linebackers to be tough, rangy and explosive. “Harvey Langi is a bigger inside linebacker, saw snaps at d-end, and got carries at running back and I think that kind of versatility will be intriguing for teams,” said Galko. “I think that he will be a 4-3 strong side linebacker for a handful of teams."

A quality jack-of-all-trades impact player
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