Quarterback

At age 36, Drew Brees is not getting any younger. The Saints have immediate needs at other positions but this could be the year to look at a future signal caller. The Patriots made the move last season, drafting quarterback Jimmy Garrappollo in the second round but did not have as many holes to fill in the draft as the Saints do this season. The depth at this position in this draft is very frail, so quarterback needy teams may feel inclined to reach for a player at this position. If their top needs are fulfilled early, the Saints could pull the trigger on day three.

Bryce Petty, Baylor

Projected by most as the third or fourth best quarterback in the draft, I would expect Petty to be overdrafted by a team looking to fill a need at quarterback. But if he falls into the fifth round where the Saints have two selections, it would not be a bad thing to select the Baylor product as a developmental pick behind Brees. Petty was one of the most prolific passers in the FBS last season and he was the perfect quarterback for Baylor Head Coach Art Briles air raid offense. He will need to adjust to the more complex systems in the NFL but the talent is there to develop with Petty.

Projected: 3rd- 5th round

Sean Mannion, Oregon State

Mannion has good size, a strong arm and will not have to make as big of a scheme adjustment as the spread quarterbacks due to playing in the Beavers’ pro-style offense. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah had high praise for Mannion, “Mannion helped himself more than anybody else at his pro day,” Jeremiah said, “A lot of people that went and saw both quarterbacks said ‘Look, just off the pro day — forget the tape — Sean Mannion threw the ball much better than Marcus Mariota did.” He had an excellent junior season throwing to Brandin Cooks but his play declined last season. He will most likely be overdrafted due to his late buzz before the draft.

Projected: 3rd- 5th round

Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

Grayson is a gunslinger who has a 55:18 TD:INT ratio in his two years as a full-time starter for Colorado State and was rewarded with an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He fits the ball into small windows and has good composure and pocket presence when facing a rush. Grayson is a tough competitor (has battled through injury) who could be a decent option in the latter part of the third day.

Projected: 5th- 6th round

Tight End

After assuming that the tight end position would be set for the next couple of seasons, that assumption immediately changed after Graham was traded to the Seattle Seahawks. The reliable Benjamin Watson and the up-and-coming Josh Hill will take the reins, but it would not be surprising for the Saints to address the tight end position on day three.

MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois

Pruitt has a stalky 6-foot-2, 250 pound body but he tested well at the NFL Combine, running a positional best 4.58 40-yard dash while recording a vertical jump of 38-inches. He has soft, reliable hands and catches the ball well when covered. Even though he tested well, he does not look like a natural, smooth athlete when running routes. He was named a 2x All-American and caught 81 balls his senior year but he looked bored and uninterested at times versus FCS competition. With proper NFL coaching, his route running can be cleaned up and he has the potential to be a pretty good in-line blocker.

Projected: 4th- 5th round

Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts

Sifrin,27, is one of the more interesting stories of this draft class. He dropped out of high school in 2005 to work then he was noticed while playing flag football and he eventually went to community college before enrolling at the University of Massachusetts. Although he is a project with limited football experience, he had six touchdowns on 42 receptions in 2014. Sifrin has a lengthy NFL wide receiver/ tight end tweener frame, with measurables similar to prospect Devin Funchess. He has natural athleticism to mold but he is still very raw. At age 27, it will be interesting to see how patient teams will be with the former Minuteman before sending him packing.

Projected: 7th round- UDFA

A.J. Derby, Arkansas

Derby started his football career as a quarterback, then linebacker at the University of Iowa before transferring to the University of Arkansas to play quarterback. He lost out on the quarterback job but showed enough natural athleticism and potential to switch to tight end where he recorded three touchdowns on 22 receptions. Derby spent his final season at tight end where he was a very solid, all-around performer. He showed that he is a willing-and-able blocker who fights to the whistle. He was also a weapon in the passing game, where he displayed his soft hands, combined with his smooth, natural athleticism in his route running. Derby is worth a late round flier and may get a chance to fight for a special teams roster spot while he learns the specifics of the tight end position.

Projected: 6th- 7th round

Offensive line

Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah

The former Ute played left or right tackle throughout his career but due to his lack of lateral quickness, he would fit better at guard in the NFL. Poutasi possesses a mean streak and has a knack for finishing his blocks in the run game. He has good size for the interior, standing at 6-foot-5, 335 pounds and has a high upside as he is only 20 years old. Poutasi has active hands and has a solid base. He needs to be a little more polished in pass protection but he will eventually become a starting NFL guard that could fall to day three.

Projected: Late 3rd- 5th round

Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M

Harrison has the talent and athleticism to be selected at the end of day two but according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he was labeled as a “knucklehead” by three different scouts. He has no off-field trouble with the law but he was described as “lazy and a pain in the (expletive).” He also showed up late to the Texas A&M pro day. On the field, Harrison played left guard and he played it very well. He is very strong and once his hands are on the defender, his opponent has no chance. He lacks a mean streak but he is just a solid all-around lineman. If Harrison gets the proper coaching and is injected into a strong locker room, the sky is the limit for the former Aggie.

Projected: 4th- 5th round

Jamon Brown, Louisville

Brown is very large, weighing in at 346 pounds at 6-foot-6 but like the ones above, his lack of lateral quickness will kick him inside in the NFL. I really like Brown, he is very strong and finishes his blocks well. He uses his long arms to his advantage and stays low for a man of his stature. He looks like another, possible late round steal.

Projected: 5th- 6th round

Trenton Brown, Florida

Standing at 6-foot-8, 355 pounds, Brown is a massive anchor on the offensive line. He checked in at the NFL Combine with the largest wingspan at 87 3/8” and possesses pretty good athleticism for his size. He initially started at tackle as a junior but moved to right guard to replace a departed starter. He is unnaturally tall to play guard but he did a good job of using his strength and athleticism in the run game to overpower defenders. He was only enrolled at Florida for two seasons so he is still a project but he is worth a late round flier based on his size and attributes.

Projected: 6th- 7th round