27. New Orleans Saints: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
Selection in Mock Draft 2.0: Malik Jefferson – Texas
New Orleans took an enormous jump on the defensive side of the ball last season. Quality additions all across the board cultivated one of the top defenses for the Saints during the Sean Payton-era.
The one ingredient that is missing is a traditional edge rusher. Landry has already drawn comparisons to New Orleans’ NFC South rival Vic Beasley. He’ll slot in immediately on passing downs, and help draw some pressure away from Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins.
26. Atlanta Falcons: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Selection in Mock Draft 2.0: Vita Vea – Washington
With Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn set to hit free agency — and the complete bust of former high draft choice Ra’Shede Hageman — Atlanta is facing the real proposition of revamping the interior of its defensive line. Hurst is a wildcard at this point. His participation at the combine was cancelled due to an irregular EKG test. When healthy, he’s a disruptive force within the interior — relying on quickness and hand placement. Hurst isn’t too worried about the medical testing, as he told The Detroit News:
“It was an irregular EKG. Same thing [happened] at Michigan. Went through a lot of tests and got that all figured out and was cleared, so hopefully just do the same thing once I get back to school and come back for rechecks.”
25. Tennessee Titans: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
Selection in Mock Draft 2.0: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Oklahoma
Key has slowly dropped down boards as the draft process has worn on, but whichever team decides to take him will be getting an impact player.
The LSU product looks like a basketball player with a strong 6’6″, 240-pound frame. He’s a slippery pass rusher, possessing an array of swims and rips to keep offensive linemen on their toes. There are some causes for concern (left team for four months during the year, citing “personal reasons”), but his ceiling was showcased during his three-year run at LSU.
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