The general consensus in recent weeks seems to be that the New Orleans Saints will select Randy Gregory with the 13th pick.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper continued the push by projecting the Saints will select the Nebraska pass rusher in his latest mock draft.
“With two first-round picks, a bet on getting the best out of Gregory isn’t a bad one to make right here for the Saints, because he’s got so much talent,” Kiper writes. “He offers length, and explosiveness that plays up both on tape and when he’s sprinting in Under Armour.”
There’s no questioning Gregory’s talent. He’s one of the best players in the draft. The issue is that he failed a drug test at the scouting combine and recently admitted to having issues with marijuana.
If the Saints have interest in Gregory, they’ll have to do their homework to feel comfortable with selecting him.
At pick 31, Kiper has the Saints taking USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor.
“Agholor is a very good route runner, has good hands, and is quietly an explosive athlete who can set up defenders and create space underneath or beat defenses over the top,” Kiper writes. “This is a deep wide receiver class, but the Saints should get someone with early-impact potential, and Agholor fits the bill.”