The penultimate pick of the 2015 Big Blue View Community Mock Draft is in!
31) New Orleans Saints *via Seattle Seahawks*
GM - DoctorGiants
Pick - Jordan Phillips, NT (Oklahoma)
The Saints' defense was simply awful last year, second to last in the league in yards given up with 384 per game. Although the Saints 13th overall selection in this mock draft of Randy Gregory who will surely contribute, the Saints need a dominant tackle in the middle. With the loss of Tyrunn Walker in free agency and an already big need for run stopping tackles, Phillips is the best player to help the Saints become a dominant defense.
This is probably the right pick, but I'm not sure about the player. Phillips has tremendous athletic upside, and there just aren't that many guys his size, who can move, walking the Earth. However, he has dealt with a back injury and never seemed to play up to his physical skills.
Maybe his best football is ahead of him and he'll play better another year removed from his injury. Personally, I think I might have gone with Eddie Goldman of FSU. He still has the size to be a rock in the middle of the Saints' front, and the athleticism to play the end as well.
If Phillips works out, this is a solid pick, but there is some definite risk there. Phillips and Gregory could be transformative for that Saints defense if they both reach their potential. Or they could both flame out and be a pair of 1st round busts.
The New England Patriots are officially On The Clock!
The Picks So Far
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston (QB, FSU) - Full Story
- Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) - Full Story
- Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Williams (DL, USC) - Full Story
- Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama) - Full Story
- Washington Redskins - Dante Fowler Jr. (DE/OLB, Florida) - Full Story
- New York Jets - Kevin White (WR, WVU) - Full Story
- Chicago Bears - Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) - Full Story
- Atlanta Falcons - Alvin "Bud" Dupree (DE/OLB, Kentucky) - Full Story
- New York Giants - DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville) - Full Story
- St. Louis Rams - Brandon Scherff (OL, Iowa) - Full Story
- Minnesota Vikings - Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford) - Full Story
- Cleveland Browns - Danny Shelton (DT, Washington) - Full Story
- New Orleans Saints - Randy Gregory (DE/OLB, Nebraska) - Full Story
- Miami Dolphins - Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.) - Full Story
- San Francisco 49ers - La'El Collins (OL, LSU) - Full Story
- Houston Texans - Shane Ray (OLB, Missouri) - Full Story
- San Diego Chargers - Ereck Flowers (OT, Miami) - Full Story
- Kansas City Chiefs - Cam Erving (OL, FSU) - Full Story
- Cleveland Browns - Marcus Peters (CB, Washington) - Full Story
- Philadelphia Eagles - Landon Collins (S, Alabama) - Full Story
- Cincinnati Bengals - Malcom Brown (DT, Texas) - Full Story
- Pittsburgh Steelers - Jalen Collins (CB, LSU) - Full Story
- Detroit Lions - Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia) - Full Story
- Arizona Cardinals - Eli Harold (DE/OLB, Virginia) - Full Story
- Carolina Panthers - DJ Humphries (OT, Florida) - Full Story
- Baltimore Ravens - Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona State) - Full Story
- Dallas Cowboys - Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin) - Full Story
- Denver Broncos - T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pittsburgh) - Full Story
- Indianapolis Colts - Arik Armstead (DL, Oregon) - Full Story
- Green Bay Packers - Benardrick McKinney (ILB, Mississippi State) - Full Story