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7-9, 3rd in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Saints' picks so far through the first three rounds of the draft: 1. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State; 1. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin; 2. Marcus Williams, S, Utah; 3. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee; 3. Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida; 3. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints GM Mickey Loomis said he didn't think Reuben Foster's account of the dueling phone calls with New Orleans and San Francisco on Thursday night was exactly accurate. "We called him. Sean (Payton) was talking to him, asking some questions and then hung up and said, ‘Hey, if we take you we'll call you back.' And then there was a trade made and somebody else took him. I think I saw somebody said he hung up on us – that wasn't the case.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

GM Mickey Loomis confirmed that it was possible the Saints could have drafted QB Patrick Mahomes II with the 11th pick if the draft fell a certain way. But they would have taken CB Marshon Lattimore ahead of him even if both players were available. "But we did like Patrick Mahomes a lot. I think that's a really good pick by Kansas City," Loomis said. The Saints didn't wind up taking another QB, even though they had a total of six picks in the first three rounds. So it's a perfect example of them being willing to take a QB – but not forcing it.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he feels like they had a "great night" with four picks, helping all three levels of the defense and trading up for a running back in Alvin Kamara that they're really excited about. Loomis said Kamara will play the Darren Sproles/Reggie Bush role and said it "seems like you can't have enough backs in the NFL" after they also signed Adrian Peterson this week.

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Few defenders in recent memory have been as productive as Trey Hendrickson, who racked up 28 sacks and 39.5 tackles for loss in three seasons as a starter at Florida Atlantic.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints finally take a pass rusher at No. 103 to end a furious third round – Florida Atlantic DE Trey Hendrickson. The 6-4, 266-pounder was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. He had 23 sacks over the past two years and a total of 29.5 in his career. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay listed Hendrickson on his "all-tape" team, saying he shows a "mean streak on the field." Obviously it's hard to project him in a major role right away, but there is an opportunity there at a glaring position of need.

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Saints get a relentless pass-rusher in Trey Hendrickson

Florida Atlantic's Hendrickson has an excellent size-speed combination, but his shorter arms and lack of flexibility are concerns.

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Availability, not ability, has been the problem for Alex Anzalone. He had 53 tackles and three sacks in just eight games in 2016, but injuries limited him to only 18 career games.

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Saints take risk with LB Alex Anzalone

The linebacker could be a steal for New Orleans if he is able to stay on the field.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints flipped back to defense with Florida LB Alex Anzalone at pick No. 76. This is about where he was projected to go – but "projection" is the right word after he battled multiple shoulder injuries and a broken forearm in his career. The 6-3, 241-pounder finished with 75 tackles in 31 games. The Saints have been loading up on linebackers this offseason, so he'll have to earn his role in camp.

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Alvin Kamara brings plenty of versatility to New Orleans. He had an FBS season-high 312 all-purpose yards against Texas A&M and led SEC backs in receiving yards and receiving TDs in 2016

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton wasn't lying about two things -- he said he loved the running back class in the middle rounds of this draft, and he said the Saints coveted these Day 2 picks, in general. The Saints will have a total of three third-round picks now after giving up next year's second-round pick to get RB Alvin Kamara.

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Saints add a weapon in RB Alvin Kamara

Although he was never a workhorse back, Mel Kiper Jr. thinks that Tennessee's Kamara has the diverse skill set NFL teams are seeking.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints traded up to No. 67 to draft Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara. The price wasn't too high (next year's 2nd-rounder and this year's 7th-rounder to San Francisco). Their backfield is awfully crowded all of a sudden after they signed Adrian Peterson last week to pair with Mark Ingram. But Kamara is a dual threat who can catch passes, so there could be room for all three of them. Before the Saints signed Peterson, I thought he might be a second-round target for New Orleans.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints have traded up to No. 67 (details on the trade to come). Their biggest need remains edge rusher, but it's all about the highest-graded player at this stage of the draft. And QB can't be ruled out. Among the highest-rated edge rushers: Jordan Willis, Carl Lawson, Derek Rivers, Tim Williams.

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Washington is the first school to have three defensive backs taken in the 2nd round of the same draft in the common draft era (Kevin King - Packers; Budda Baker - Cardinals; Sidney Jones - Eagles)

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Marcus Williams is a gifted athlete

The Saints added to the secondary again in the second round, taking the Utah safety to join first-round pick Marshon Lattimore.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints go back to the secondary with Utah safety Marcus Williams at No. 42. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder had 10 interceptions over the past two years. He profiles as a free safety and will jockey for position with fellow safeties Kenny Vaccaro, Vonn Bell and Rafael Bush in New Orleans. It's hard to argue against the Saints adding depth after their pass defense ranked 32nd in the NFL last year – though they still have not addressed their pass rush much this offseason.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints are back on the clock at No. 42, and top defensive players like S Obi Melifonwu, DE Jordan Willis and LB Zach Cunningham are still available. But so are wild-card possibilities like QBs DeShone Kizer, Davis Webb and Joshua Dobbs and RBs Alvin Kamara and Joe Mixon.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

If Saints turn back to defense at No. 42, the best available players include safeties Obi Melifonwu, defensive end Jordan Willis and linebacker Zach Cunningham. Edge rusher remains their biggest need, but Sean Payton said Thursday night that they didn't have a high enough grade on any pass rushers to consider them at No. 32. … The wild-card pick would be a quarterback or pass-catching running back.

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Is Friday the day the Browns, 49ers, Saints or Cardinals pick their QB of the future? DeShone Kizer, Joshua Dobbs, Nathan Peterman and Davis Webb lead the best signal-callers available headed into the second night of the NFL draft.

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Trey Hendrickson draft highlights (0:38)

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st

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