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Mocking the Draft, Part 2

Another look at what the bloggers and media are saying about whom the Saints should select in the first round of the NFL Draft this week.

Knox Bardeen, NFL Fanhouse

Sean Lee, LB, Penn State

“Lee has two major knee injuries working against him, but looks healthy now, and had a great season at Penn State in 2009. He’ll be able to play inside or outside at linebacker and has a fantastic work ethic.”

Scott Carasik,

DE Everson Griffen, USC

Pat Kirwan,

Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

“The Saints will hit a home run if Weatherspoon is still on the board at this point. Weatherspoon is very bright, which is critical in Greg Williams’ defense. He can really run and is very powerful. The Saints lost Scott Fujita in free agency, and Weatherspoon can be plugged right into his spot. Here’s one weight-room achievement on this kid: He has the University of Missouri record with a full squat of 770 pounds.”

Scott Wright,

LB Sean Weatherspoon

“It seems as though New Orleans has been rumored to be looking for an upgrade at outside linebacker for years. In fact, giving the Saints a linebacker has officially replaced old standbys such as “Offensive Tackle to Houston” and “Wide Receiver to Tennessee” as the most clichéd choice in mock drafts. Sooner or later it has to happen though, right? The time might be now, especially since they just unexpectedly lost Scott Fujita as a free agent. There is a good chance that Missouri’s Sean Weatherspoon will be long gone by this point, possibly in the Top 20, but if he is still available the Saints would be wise to pounce on him. A fantastic all-around player, Weatherspoon really is the total package. In addition to his impressive measurables and top-notch intangibles Weatherspoon is constantly around the action and just seems to have a knack for making the big play. Sean Weatherspoon | Missouri Tigers If Weatherspoon isn’t available keep a close eye on Penn State’s Sean Lee because he is exactly the type of linebacker that the franchise has seriously considered adding in the past. New Orleans could also be in the market for an upgrade at defensive tackle, in which case Penn State’s Jared Odrick, Cal’s Tyson Alualu or perhaps even East Carolina’s Linval Joseph could be possibilities. The Saints might also consider a free safety here but that would obviously depend on how they feel about their odds of re-signing free agent Darren Sharper.”

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated

DE/OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU

“The Saints are intent on getting more athletic at outside linebacker, and Hughes is an impressive edge rusher who should be able to generate pressure no matter if he’s lined up at defensive end or outside linebacker.”

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