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2017 NFL mock draft: New Orleans Saints select Quincy Wilson

The talented Florida cornerback gives the Saints the depth they need.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When the New Orleans Saints got tight end Evan Engram in the first round of the SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft, I thought it was risky. The Saints need a cornerback, and getting Engram felt a little bit like a luxury selection.

I was wrong. The gang over at Canal Street Chronicles proved themselves to be correct because their Kevin Skiver was able to find a cornerback.

42. New Orleans Saints: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Skiver: As part of what may have been the second best duo of corners in the country alongside Jalen Tabor (behind Ohio State’s Marcus Lattimore and Gareon Conley), Quincy Wilson had a quality 2016 campaign. He had 33 tackles, six breakups, and three interceptions. He also has the size that you look for out of an NFL corner, standing at 6’1 and 211 pounds. Wilson is a lengthy, speedy, press-man corner, but he needs to work on being less handsy with receivers (particularly downfield). His completion percentage against was lower than 40 percent throughout the year. Wilson started out the season as a likely nickel corner in the NFL, but he’s earned consideration as an outside defensive back.

Wilson’s most glaring weakness is his footwork. He seems to get lost on routes at times, and is susceptible to the double move. Although he has good straight-line speed, he’ll need work as a closer. This is where Dennis Allen will have to come into play. It’s very likely that Wilson won’t be a day one starter, but he’s further along than Stanley Jean-Baptiste was when the Saints drafted him. Wilson also is a big talker, infamously saying that no one has “ever seen a duck pull a truck” in reference to the Florida game against Tennessee. The Gators went on to lose (their first loss in the matchup in 11 years). All in all, he isn’t a polished pick, but he’s shown strides from year to year, and he’s caught up to Tabor throughout the offseason leading up to the draft, which counts for something on its own.

Analysis: I like this pick for the most part. I'd love it if Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey wasn't still available. Wilson is a little bit of a safety/cornerback tweener and frankly I just rate Humphrey as the better player. Regardless, this is the type of player the Saints need to get. They were in trouble when injuries hit at cornerback last season. At the very least, a player like Wilson is a great backup.

Dan's top five players remaining

  • 26. Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
  • 34. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
  • 37. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
  • 39. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
  • 41. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

Saints picks

  • 1-11: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
  • 1-32: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
  • 2-42: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Not to give tomorrow's picks away, but we might not see Humphrey last too much longer in this mock draft. But will Bleeding Green Nation pick him at No. 42 for the Philadelphia Eagles? Check in at 9 a.m. ET to find out.

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