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New Orleans Saints 2013 first-round mock draft

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How NFL.com analysts are projecting the first-round picks for the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 NFL Draft:


Matt "Money" Smith

No. 15: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

No change from my last mock. Too perfect a fit. He's a dynamic athlete on the defensive side of the ball and he will help out a miserable group. It helps he's an LSU kid -- talk about a fan base freaking out over a selection.
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Charles Davis

No. 15: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Utah team physician Dave Petron gave Lotulelei a clean bill of health after the heart-condition scare at the combine. This guy can play.
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Daniel Jeremiah

No. 15: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

Mingo is a tricky player to evaluate. He has the tools to dominate, but his game tape leaves you wanting more. This would be a bit of a gamble, but the payoff could be huge for the Saints.
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Bucky Brooks

No. 15: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Jones was considered the best pass rusher in the draft until a poor pro day performance raised concerns about his speed and athleticism. Ultimately, though, Jones' two-year run as a dominant defender in the SEC could prompt Sean Payton and Rob Ryan to pick him here despite his unimpressive workout numbers.
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Akbar Gbajabiamila

No. 15: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

Mingo is a perfect fit in Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense. The Saints don't have a dominant pass rusher, and that showed last season.
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Gil Brandt

No. 15: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

Pound for pound, Vaccaro is one of the toughest guys in the draft. The Texas product's performance in pre-draft workouts (his 40 time was on the slower side at the combine, while a hip flexor issue limited him at his pro day) is relatively unimportant when projecting his pro potential, since his strengths are short-area quickness and tremendous competitiveness. He reminds me of young Bucs safety Mark Barron, who didn't run all that well before last year's draft, but went on to have an excellent rookie season.
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Charley Casserly

No. 15: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Will the Saints try to trade up to get offensive tackle Lane Johnson?
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Josh Norris

No. 15: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Jones' ability to win on the edge as a pass rusher is undeniable; a solid motor only helps him attack from the back side.
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MOCK DRAFT CENTRAL

AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins*
NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks*
* Do not have first-round picks

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