2019 NFL mock draft: Saints add an Alabama linebacker
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By John Sigler

The New Orleans Saints are on bye this week, so it’s time to look over 2019 NFL mock drafts. That’s hard when you remember how few draft picks the Saints have in the opening rounds next year, as few analysts project past the first 32 selections.

Thankfully, Luke Easterling over at Draft Wire recently put out a two-round mock draft with a nice pickup for the Saints: Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Anfernee Jennings (6-foot-2, 265-pounds). Here’s a sample from Jennings’ bio on the Draft Network, written by Jon Ledyard:

PROS: Thunderous punch to set a strong edge. Not kicked out by pullers easily. Holds the point of attack with heavy, violent hands. Knows what to do in unblocked situations. Quick mental processing on fakes and backfield misdirection to find and track the ball.

Strong hands at the top of the arc. Utilizes long arms to keep blockers off his frame. Rarely locked up or in a position where he can’t at least get in pursuit. Fluid enough mover to make stops in space. Bull rush is a factor.

CONS: Not an explosive athlete off the ball. Won’t threaten the edge with speed or quickness. Doesn’t anticipate the snap particularly well, failing to make tackles uncomfortable out of their stance. Has some shoulder dip to him as a rusher, but not bendy enough to turn tight corners to the pocket through...

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