Georgia Smith Draft Football

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (3) during warm ups before the start Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Pasadena, Calif. Smith, the leader of a defense that led Georgia to the national championship game, is entering the NFL draft.(Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

A mock draft at this juncture isn't worth a whole lot. 

For starters, most teams have only barely begun the process of re-signing their pending free agents in advance of the new league year, and once free agency actually opens, teams like the New Orleans Saints will begin filling holes and seeing other ones open due to the NFL's annual shifting of talent.

But the mock drafts are still out there, serving as a table for what national analysts believe are a team's biggest needs, and right now the Saints' expected picks are all over the map, a product of the improved depth on the roster at most positions and the Saints' slot at the No. 27 pick, which makes for a lot of variation depending on who's already off the board in each experts' mock. 

Here's a roundup of national analysts and what they project what the Saints will do with the No. 27 pick. Click the link to see their rationale for each pick and who was already off the board. 

Mel Kiper, ESPN

  • Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

Todd McShay, ESPN

  • Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

  • Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

  • Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  • * Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh 

* - Miller did a full seven-round mock draft. The first two picks are here, click the link for the rest.

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

  • Roquan Smith, Georgia

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

  • Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

Chad Reuter, NFL.com

  • Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  • ** Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond 

** - Third-round pick. 

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

  • Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

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