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Vote: How did the Saints do in the draft?

It will be years before we can accurately assess the Saints' 2017 rookie class, but it's time to weigh in on how well the team used its draft resources.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the most popular additions in the Saints' unstaffed free agent class should be WR Travin Dural from just up the road at LSU. Duran has agreed to a deal per his agent, Damarius Bilbo. The 6-1, 202-pounder had 100 receptions for 1,718 yards and 13 touchdowns during an injury-riddled career, though he spent three years as a starter.

Saints had a fascinating first round (1:02)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said there is ‘obviously' room for all of the Saints' RBs (Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson and third-round pick Alvin Kamara). He said after signing Peterson and "with the year Mark just had," the Saints wouldn't have drafted "just the pure running back." But the Saints really like Kamara as the pass-catching "joker" back, which is heavily featured in their offense. Payton shared the story of his workout with Kamara, who wasn't planning to run routes at first. But he ran back to get his cleats and Payton told him it was a great decision because he looked great running about 11 routes or so.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton confirmed that the Saints would have taken CB Marshon Lattimore ahead of QB Patrick Mahomes II – but they would have taken Mahomes at No. 11 if Lattimore was gone. Payton said that's probably the first time they considered a QB that high in New Orleans – but the grade would have been just as high regardless of Drew Brees' age. Payton said what stood out most with Mahomes was his ability to climb, escape, throw from all positions. "We play an imperfect game where there's protection issues," Payton said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the full list of Saints' 2017 draft picks (assuming they don't trade back into Round 7). They finished with the normal allotment of seven picks -- just in a non-traditional order: Round 1. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State; 1. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin; 2. Marcus Williams, S, Utah; 3. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee; 3. Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida; 3. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic; 6. Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE, Miami (Fla.)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' final pick of this year's draft (assuming they don't trade back in) is DE Al-Quadin Muhammad – a highly-recruited high school standout who wound up being dismissed from Miami (Fla.) for off-field issues. He was suspended for the 2014 season after allegedly punching another student. Then he was dismissed two years later as the NCAA investigated him for receiving illicit benefits from a luxury-car rental company. He had seven sacks in the two years he played, and Scouts Inc. called the 6-3, 253-pounder a "boom or bust" prospect.

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Al-Quadin Muhammad only started one full season at Miami, but he made the most of it. He posted 54 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2016.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints are finally closing in their only pick of the day -- No. 196 in Round 6. It's almost impossible to project a specific need at this stage of the draft. But the most intriguing picks they could make are a quarterback (Miami's Brad Kaaya or Ole Miss' Chad Kelly?) or an LSU player for just the second time in 13 years (WR Malachi Dupre or WR Travin Dural?)

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Saints 'hype man' undergoing liver transplant

Jarrius Robertson, the 15-year-old "hype man" of the Saints who has been in and out of hospitals since he was 1, is undergoing a liver transplant Saturday afternoon.

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Saints get one of Day 2's biggest steals

Alvin Kamara would have been a good value for New Orleans with its second-round pick. Instead, the Saints were able to get him 25 picks later.

Saints' initial rounds lacked in drama (1:09)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Saints' picks so far through the first three rounds of the draft: 1. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State; 1. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin; 2. Marcus Williams, S, Utah; 3. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee; 3. Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida; 3. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints GM Mickey Loomis said he didn't think Reuben Foster's account of the dueling phone calls with New Orleans and San Francisco on Thursday night was exactly accurate. "We called him. Sean (Payton) was talking to him, asking some questions and then hung up and said, ‘Hey, if we take you we'll call you back.' And then there was a trade made and somebody else took him. I think I saw somebody said he hung up on us – that wasn't the case.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

GM Mickey Loomis confirmed that it was possible the Saints could have drafted QB Patrick Mahomes II with the 11th pick if the draft fell a certain way. But they would have taken CB Marshon Lattimore ahead of him even if both players were available. "But we did like Patrick Mahomes a lot. I think that's a really good pick by Kansas City," Loomis said. The Saints didn't wind up taking another QB, even though they had a total of six picks in the first three rounds. So it's a perfect example of them being willing to take a QB – but not forcing it.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he feels like they had a "great night" with four picks, helping all three levels of the defense and trading up for a running back in Alvin Kamara that they're really excited about. Loomis said Kamara will play the Darren Sproles/Reggie Bush role and said it "seems like you can't have enough backs in the NFL" after they also signed Adrian Peterson this week.

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Few defenders in recent memory have been as productive as Trey Hendrickson, who racked up 28 sacks and 39.5 tackles for loss in three seasons as a starter at Florida Atlantic.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints finally take a pass rusher at No. 103 to end a furious third round – Florida Atlantic DE Trey Hendrickson. The 6-4, 266-pounder was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. He had 23 sacks over the past two years and a total of 29.5 in his career. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay listed Hendrickson on his "all-tape" team, saying he shows a "mean streak on the field." Obviously it's hard to project him in a major role right away, but there is an opportunity there at a glaring position of need.


Saints get a relentless pass-rusher in Trey Hendrickson

Florida Atlantic's Hendrickson has an excellent size-speed combination, but his shorter arms and lack of flexibility are concerns.

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Availability, not ability, has been the problem for Alex Anzalone. He had 53 tackles and three sacks in just eight games in 2016, but injuries limited him to only 18 career games.


Saints take risk with LB Alex Anzalone

The linebacker could be a steal for New Orleans if he is able to stay on the field.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st

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