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2015 NFL Mock Draft: New Orleans Saints Select Shaq Thompson

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It's the final day of our 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and we're back to the New Orleans Saints with pick #31. This pick, obviously, belonged to the Seattle Seahawks until just hours before NFL free agency got underway, when they traded this pick to the Saints in exchange for tight end Jimmy Graham (who, as you may know, used to play basketball). The team solidified their offensive line at #13 with the selection of Brandon Scherff, and GM Austin Blanch has turned his attention to the defensive side of the ball with this selection.

With the 31st pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the New Orleans Saints select. . .

Shaq Thompson, linebacker, University of Washington

Here's what Blanch had to say about the selection.

The saints shored up the o-line with the scherff pick earlier in the round. So the saints have to go defense with their other 1st. The saints pick Shaq up as an olb. They need someone with speed who can attack the edge. Thompson will do just that and fill a huge need at linebacker.

My Thoughts

I've gone on record as saying that I think Shaq Thompson is going to make some NFL team very happy. The question is what, exactly, do you do with him. Is he a linebacker in the NFL? Is he a safety? Do you give him some carries at running back? (He did have two 100-yard games for the Huskies in 2014.) To be honest, I'm not sure what the answer to that question is. . .but I'm not sure if we have to know the answer right now. Shaq Thompson just strikes me as the kind of guy you put on the field and just tell him to go out and make plays. I know he isn't getting the love now that he got early on in the pre-draft process, but I can't say too many bad things about the Saints getting him in this spot.

What do you think of this selection, folks?

Pick Team General Manager Pick
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers kwarren3 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2 Tennessee Titans BVB fan Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
3 Jacksonville Jaguars n s Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal
4 Oakland Raiders DrivableGuide9 Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
5 Washington Redskins tep4 Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
6 New York Jets cycloneallnightlong Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
7 Chicago Bears lateefthetruthspeaker Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
8 Atlanta Falcons berg03 Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
9 New York Giants thecraphead Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
10 St. Louis Rams VikesFanatic La'el Collins, OL, LSU
11 Minnesota Vikings e.vogel15 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
12 Cleveland Browns Wayne Joseph Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
13 New Orleans Saints Austin Blanch Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
14 Miami Dolphins SkolChad DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
15 San Francisco 49ers Malte Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
16 Houston Texans Vikes4lyfe Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)
17 San Diego Chargers MDFDisc D.J. Humphries, OL, Florida
18 Kansas City Chiefs Christopher Gates Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) Wayne Joseph Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
20 Philadelphia Eagles AVeazey24 Landon Collins, S, Alabama
21 Cincinnati Bengals misterloveSKOL Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Typically Lazy Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
23 Detroit Lions just_rob Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
24 Arizona Cardinals Siberia101 Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
25 Carolina Panthers Christopher Gates T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
26 Baltimore Ravens lmoe12 Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
27 Dallas Cowboys paulser21 Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
28 Denver Broncos SpencerN Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
29 Indianapolis Colts CCNorseman Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
30 Green Bay Packers CCHOF5yearstoolate Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
31 New Orleans Saints (from Seattle) Austin Blanch Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
32 New England Patriots raging_cloner