Vic Beasley has been off the board well before the Saints come on the clock in many published mock drafts.
I assumed the same thing in my recent mock draft, which led to projecting New Orleans would select Kentucky pass rusher Bud Dupree. But maybe those assumptions for Beasley are too optimistic.
In his most recent mock draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Saints selecting the Clemson pass rusher. The other edge rushers McShay has going ahead of Beasley are Dante Fowler Jr. (No. 5 to the Redskins), Randy Gregory (No. 6 to the Jets), and Shane Ray (No. 8 to Atlanta).
Here is McShay’s explanation for the pick:
“I’m a little concerned by the fact that I don’t see much power to his game when I study his tape, but the fact that he bulked up to 246 pounds and put up a linebacker-best 35 bench-press reps is encouraging. There’s no questioning his explosive first step or college production, either.”
At No. 31, McShay has the Saints taking Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson, who I also mocked to the Saints with this pick.
“The Saints addressed the cornerback position in free agency by signing Brandon Browner, but adding another corner certainly wouldn’t hurt,” McShay writes. “Johnson isn’t exceptional in any one trait, but he’s good in every area. He’s a different kind of player than Browner, who is more of a big, physical press corner, but Johnson still has above-average size at 6-0, 188, and he has the fluidity and athleticism to hold up as a nickel corner early in his career.