List: 36 players Saints might be eyeing on Day 2 of NFL draft _lowres

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack looks on from the bench area during the second half of a NCAA college football game against UCLA, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Oregon won 42-30. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: NYOTK


The Saints were disappointed with how the first round ended.

They were hoping to get a shot at Stanford guard Joshua Garnett and Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi in the second round, but both players came off the board during the end of the first round.

“(There are) guys that you kind of, as you watch certain players go off the board, if you don’t have a high grade on a player and someone takes them you feel good because it just pushes other players down,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “There were some good players taken. There are still a number of good players.”

There are still a number of good players remaining heading into the second round of the draft, including several that were projected to be first-round picks in the media.

New Orleans feels good about getting defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins in the first round, but, in some regards, this is where things start to become more difficult because the draft now becomes unpredictable.

“I don’t want to say that the first one is easy but there is more projection now,” Payton said. “There are more variables when you get past that 12th pick.”

Here’s a look at a handful of players who could make sense for the Saints in the second and third rounds.

LB Myles Jack, UCLA

LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

LB Su’a Cravens, USC

LB Deion Jones, LSU

LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson

DE Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

DE Kamalei Correa, Boise State

DE Jihad Ward, Illinois

DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State

DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama

DT Jarran Reed, Alabama

DT Austin Johnson, Penn State

CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

CB Xavien Howard, Baylor

CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama

S Vonn Bell, Ohio State

S T.J. Green, Clemson

S Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah

WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State

WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

WR Kolby Listenbee, TCU

OG Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

OG Vadal Alexander, LSU

OG Nick Martin, Notre Dame

OG Isaac Semumalo, Oregon State

OG Christian Westerman, Arizona State

OG Joe Dahl, Washington State

OG Connor McGovern, Missouri

QB Connor Cook, Michigan State

QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State