We are now up to pick No. 15 in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. Once again, this is a reminder that I will be attempting to post three picks every day until we get through round two. This will likely take us into the week of the 2013 NFL Draft, so feel free to consider this a sort of countdown.
The New Orleans Saints are on the clock and their Niners Nation GM is IKaros. With the fifteenth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Panthers select Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU.
Explanation: With the acquisition of Rob Ryan, the Saints will be switching to a 3-4. Unfortunately, they do not have the personnel. They also only have five draft picks this year, which leads me to believe that they will trade back and grab either Jon Jenkins or Johnathan Hankins, securing the NT position and giving them a couple extra picks to work with. And with the Rams reportedly interested in Tavon Austin, they have a good shot at finding a trade partner. I, however, am not in a position to make such a trade and am unwilling to reach for a NT.Between the aggressive style of defense that Ryan employs and the Saints' lack of a true pass rusher, Mingo became the obvious choice. He packs a lot of power in his lean frame and has an elite first-step making him an explosive edge rusher. That, combined with his ability to set the edge against the run, makes him the perfect complement to Victor Butler at OLB. If used correctly, he has the talent to impact a game and improve every level of that last place D.
Trevor Woods: A logical choice for New Orleans. The Saints will need a pass rusher in their new scheme, and Mingo could provide that. I do not see the Saints drafting a position other than a pass rusher at pick No.15, and the pickins are getting slim for value here. The only other choice would be Jarvis Jones, who I have ranked higher.
Nick Chiamardas: Most believed the Saints would be looking pass rusher with the 15th pick. The Victor Butler signing coupled with Junior Galette give the Saints a formidable OLB pairing for the new 3-4 scheme. That's not to say Mingo couldn't be the pick. I may not be the biggest fan of Mingo but there is no doubting his athleticism and potential -- two words that will always lead to a player being selected in the first round.
Mingo's biggest concern is what position he'll play at the next level. Depending on which scout is giving the report, Mingo could be a pass rusher in a 3-4, an outside linebacker in a 4-3, heck, I've even seen one report projecting him as middle linebacker in a 4-3. Couple that with little collegiate output and Mingo has bust written all over him. If the Saints go pass rusher at 15, I'd like to see them go with Jarvis Jones from Georgia. I think safety could very will be the pick, however.
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
- Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
- Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
- Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
- New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
- Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
- San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
- Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
- Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU