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WCG Mock Draft- New Orleans (#27)

#27 - New Orleans - Chris Houston, CB Arkansas

The Saints had a magical run last year, reminicent of the 2001 Patriots, who became the darlings of the NFL that year after the country galvanized together in the wake of the World Trade Center bombing. Last year, the Saints captured the nation's attention by dramatically improving their record despite a tumultuous off-season headlined by the devastation of huuricane Katrina. If not for a dominant Bears defense and poor play by cornerback Fred Thomas, the Saints might have made Peyton Manning wait another year for his ring.

With respect to Fred Thomas, he was exposed on national TV for being one of the worst cover corners in the league, and you can bet the Saints will be looking to replace him this off-season. Unfortunately for him, several of the teams in front of them will be looking to fill the same position. As such, they are a decent bet to move up a few spots in the round.

If they stay here and the draft goes as it has thus far, Chris Houston is the pick. Houston is a tad small, but is one of the better cover corners in the draft, and had a superb combine. He had the second fastest 40 time (regardless of position) at 4.32, and set a record for cornerbacks in the bench press (27 reps). He had a 36 inch vertical leap, which is just average for the position--if he were 2 inches taller and had 2 more inches on his vertical, he'd probably be a top 15 pick.  Playing in the SEC, Houston got to match up against some of the nation's top receivers, such as Bowe and Meacham, and shut them down.

If the Saints decide not to take one of the corners left, defensive end would be another target position, as Charles Grant will likely leave for free agency after this season (he was franchised this year).

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2007 NFL Mock Draft - First Round
Pick Team Player Pos. College Drafter
1 Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell QB LSU bears fan louie
2 Detroit Lions Joe Thomas OT Wisconsin South Side Irish
3 Cleveland Browns Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech elagoalie11
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gaines Adams DE Clemson NoisewaterMD
5 Arizona Cardinals Alan Branch DT Michigan Chad
6 Washington Redskins Jamaal Anderson DE Arkansas Skin Patrol
7 Minnesota Vikings Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame IrishGush
8 Atlanta Falcons LaRon Landry S LSU Coach Owens
9 Miami Dolphins Amobi Okoye DT Louisville McRipper
10 Houston Texans Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma Scruffy Lefty
11 San Francisco 49ers Patrick Willis LB Ole Miss RME JICO
12 Buffalo Bills Paul Posluszny LB Penn St. Brian G
13 St. Louis Rams Adam Carriker DE Nebraska tyger1147
14 Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen TE Miami RME JICO
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Leon Hall CB Michigan shawngoldman
16 Green Bay Packers Marshawn Lynch RB California chad
17 Jacksonville Jaguars Reggie Nelson S Florida River City Rage
18 Cincinnati Bengals Brandon Meriweather S Miami elagoalie11
19 Tennessee Titans Robert Meachem WR Tennessee quartz77277
20 New York Giants Darrelle Revis CB Pittsburgh Coach Owens7
21 Denver Broncos Ted Ginn Jr. WR Ohio State Devin47
22 Dallas Cowboys Jarvis Moss DE Florida IrishGush
23 Kansas City Chiefs Dwayne Bowe WR LSU tomas21
24 New England Patriots Michael Griffin S Texas tyger1147
25 New York Jets Zach Miller TE Arizona State DTK
26 Philadelphia Eagles Aaron Ross CB Texas SouthernSlam
27 New Orleans Saints Chris Houston CB Arkansas tomas21