For the most part, teams picking at No. 27 like the New Orleans Saints don’t expect to get a true first-round talent. Draft boards normally run out of first-round grades in the window between No. 15 and No. 20, so after that, the players selected normally are graded as second rounders. If the Saints were able to somehow pull a future franchise quarterback from this pool, it would make for a most excellent draft.
That’s what Todd McShay has done for New Olreans in his latest mock draft for ESPN Insider. With the 27th pick, the Saints selecte QB Lamar Jackson from Louisville.
The Saints could go offensive line with James Daniels or Billy Price, or TE with Goedert if he’s available. I’m putting Jackson here because Drew Brees can’t play forever, and this would be a terrific spot for him to sit, learn and develop behind a Hall of Fame QB and a terrific offensive mind in Sean Payton.
As usual, the write up lets every reader know how little McShay is paying attention to team needs. Who exactly would Daniels or Price replace in the Saints’ starting lineup? First-round pick of 2015 Andrus Peat? Max Unger at center? Last year’s free agency biggest acquisition Larry Warford?...