Rounds 2-3: The draft resumes at 6 p.m. Friday with the second and third rounds. TV: On ESPN and the NFL Network.

Rounds 4-7: The draft concludes Saturday with the fourth through seven rounds, beginning at 11 a.m. TV: On ESPN and the NFL Network.

TIME LIMITS: Each team has 7 minutes to choose in Round 2 and 5 minutes for each pick in Rounds 3-6. Each team has 4 minutes to choose in Round 7.

SAINTS’ PICKS THURSDAY: Round 1, Pick 12: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

SAINTS’ PICKS FRIDAY: Round 2, Pick 16 (47th overall); Round 3, Pick 15 (78th overall)

SAINTS’ PICKS SATURDAY: Round 4, Pick 14 (112th overall); Round 5, Pick 13 (152nd overall); Round 7, Pick 16 (237th overall)

ON THE NET: TheAdvocate,com, and

FRIDAY: Rounds 2 and 3


Here are players the Saints may be considering Friday:

USC LB Su’a Cravens

The linebacker is more of a hybrid player with the ability to play both in the box or back at safety. When he visited the Saints, the team compared him to current strong safety Kenny Vaccaro.

Boise State LB Kamalei Correa

Correa has an explosive first step and knows how to get after quarterbacks. He’s still a little raw and needs some seasoning, but he could be a solid Day 2 pick.

Ohio State WR Michael Thomas

The Saints don’t necessarily need a wide receiver, but they showed some interest in Thomas throughout the draft process. The team could use a deep threat, and Thomas fits the bill.

Notre Dame OL Nick Martin

Martin can play both guard spots and serve at center. If the Saints are looking for someone with the versatility to move about the line and compete for a starting spot at guard, he would make sense.

Boise State S Darian Thompson

The Saints are in need of safety depth after letting go of Rafael Bush and Vinnie Sunseri this offseason. Thompson is more of a free safety, which would give the Saints an option behind Jairus Byrd.


Here are the LSU players who may get picked Friday:

LB Deion Jones

Jones broke through with the chance to play as a senior and then showed off nice speed at both the combine and LSU’s pro day. The concern is he may be undersized.

OL Vadal Alexander

A four-year starter versatile to play either tackle or guard with great size (6-5, 320). His scouting report insists Alexander’s lack of athleticism will profile him as a guard.

OL Jerald Hawkins

An early entry who has started 36 of the team’s past 37 games, Hawkins is viewed as still raw. Teams will have to decide if he has a high ceiling, because of his physical ability, or if the flaws of his technical ability can’t be overcome.

DB Jalen Mills

A versatile defensive back who played safety, cornerback and nickelback, Mills was a four-year starter in the SEC with solid but not elite speed.

Local ties

RB Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech

Dixon put up video game-numbers. He’s quick and powerful. says he can be a “quality, three-down starter.”