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New Orleans Saints 7-round mock draft: Jordan Travis and Keon Coleman reunite | NFL draft

• A new QB in New Orleans: The Saints select Florida State’s Jordan Travis in the fifth round of this 2024 NFL mock draft.

• Jordan Travis reunites with Keon Coleman: Coleman likes to get physical with cornerbacks as he is constantly catching passes through contact.

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Like the 2024 NFL Draft is approaching, our seven-round team mock draft series continues with the New Orleans Saints.

Round 1, pick 14: T Taliese Fuaga, State of Oregon

Fuaga is the kind of ass-kicker that every NFL team wants in the trenches. He has the mentality of a finisher in the running game and takes pride in pushing defenders against their will. In pass protection, his stride length is limited, but his foot speed makes up for it. He has a good, wide base to quickly neutralize bull rushes. His hands are consistently up and in the right position to strike powerfully at any time. He also possesses the hand speed to hand fight while still protecting his chest. He can be a bit overzealous to make contact in pass protection, which can lead to vulnerability to swipes and chops. But that patience did improve in 2023.


Round 2, pick 45: WR Keon Coleman, State of Florida

Coleman originally committed to Michigan State as a two-sport athlete before transferring to Florida State in 2023. His evaluation is a test of how much scouts prefer contested catch receivers over athletic separators. He’s an impressive 6-foot-1, 215-pound athlete who enjoys getting physical with cornerbacks while constantly catching passes through contact. While that makes for amazing strength performances, his lack of separation ability is concerning at the next level – there just aren’t many guys who make a living as consistent receivers of contested catches. Those that do are often among the best receivers in the league.


Round 5, pick 150: TU Leonard Taylor III, Miami (FL)

Taylor is built like a super-sized middle linebacker, at 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds. His best pass-rush moves come from a good first step and violent hands. However, his strike placement is inconsistent. If he doesn’t win by opening a gap or taking a good first step, he may have trouble breaking free from blocks. He also has a bad tendency to jump out of his position and overreach his power. Taylor is a strong player on defense, but his lack of consistent impact makes him too easily controlled. Although he is explosive on some reps, he is not necessarily nervous when it comes to changing direction, pushing off blocks and chasing.


Round 5, pick 168: CB Kamal Hadden, Tennessee

Hadden has had a winding college football journey, starting as a zero-star recruit who had to go to community college. However, he showed resilience when roadblocks arose, giving him a shot at the NFL. His combination of size and speed is attractive. When in control, he is agile, smooth, sticky and can run with vertical receivers in man coverage. He is confident in the press but can also be confident in the zone, always trying to manipulate space to provoke a throw that he can jump. His technique is still a major work in progress in press coverage, with his footwork and in tackling, but all areas have improved between 2022 and 2023.


Round 5, pick 170: T KT Leveston, State of Kansas

Leveston was a two-year starter at left tackle at Kansas State, but his best NFL position is on the inside. That’s not due to a lack of size, as he has plenty of weight and length for the guard position. His experience at tackle also gives him a more comfortable baseline for passing sets at guard. He’s quite the killer in the run game, and his frame allows him to generate a ton of power on contact. He’s also a fighter when pinning down defenders. His hands are currently his biggest weakness as a player. His hands are too low, exposing his chest and causing him to be late in striking. His low hands also cause his hand placement to be too wide.


Round 5, pick 175: QB Jordan Travis, State of Florida

Travis is a good athlete who can handle an RPO and play-action offense well. His mobility is also a plus if he wants to scramble to escape the pocket. He is one of the smaller quarterbacks in the class, which comes with natural disadvantages. His hand size is a concern when controlling the ball. He also tends to have to throw his entire body into throws that require more juice. His follow-up action is erratic, as he kicks his leg outward like a thrower to generate more speed. He has good intangibles. He is accurate and balanced when throwing outside the structure, and he doesn’t mind throwing over the middle even if he has to be sharp.


Round 6, pick 190: LB Michael Barrett, Michigan


Round 6, pick 199: S Dominique Hampton, Washington


Round 7, pick 239: WR Bub means, Pittsburgh