Projecting the Top 5 Saints picks in 2021 NFL Draft

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Jabril Cox, LSU at Mizzou 2020
Jabril Cox makes a tackle during the first half of a game between LSU and Missouri at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.

As the end of the month approaches, so does the 2021 NFL Draft. Here are my projections for selections by the New Orleans Saints (barring potential trades) for the first four rounds:

ROUND 1 — #28
Asante Samuel Jr.
5-10, 185
CB Florida St.
A solid cover corner… plays with a quick change of direction… physical will crowd a receiver.. wrap-up tackler in space.. instinctive ballhawk… does lack ideal size

ROUND 2 — #60
Jabril Cox
6-3, 230
LB LSU
A late riser who helped himself at the Senior Bowl where he prved he could be effective against top college talent… showed the ability to drop into pass coverage… can line up at the inside and outside linebacker positions… good speed… still needs experience (played in only 6 games after transferring to LSU from North Dakota State

ROUND 3 — #98
Davis Mills
6-4, 212
QB Stanford
Played in a pro style offense… can take the snap under center… throws with great touch and has 4.68 speed… good technique and footwork… accurate in all areas… excels on medium range over the middle throws… has enough arm strength to make all the throws needed at the pro level… on the negative side, he is a rhythm passer so balls will sail if his timing gets off ball will sail… only 11 college starts

Rd-3 — #105
Nico Collins
6-4, 225
WR Michigan
Productive week of practice at the Senior Bowl after 2020 season opt out… has nice size and plays physical… will fight for contested balls… tracks the ball in the air well and shows body control… can beat press coverage with his strength… has good speed for his size (ran 4.45 at his pro day)… overall impressive athletic testing… still needs to polish his overall route-running

ROUND 4 — #133
Alim McNeill
6-5, 320
DT North Carolina St.
A powerful interior lineman who is a run stuffer with some pass rush ability and potential… has strong hands and functional strength… can control the middle of the line… hard to move… still a bit raw as a junior who could have used another year of college experience.

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