Jerry Hughes - DE, TCU
Like all teams picking this late in the round, the Saints have a lot to think about because of the unpredictability in front them. However, one player has fallen this far that I don't think the Saints can pass up, and so with the 32nd pick, New Orleans selects defensive end Jerry Hughes out of TCU.
Obviously, end is a much less glaring need after the Alex Brown signing, but Hughes is a versatile player who has been known to drop back into coverage at TCU and functions well in space for a lineman. Armed with Hughes, look for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to push his schematic complexity even further than last season, with a confusing, rotating DL, Hughes sometimes dropping back while the rush is bolstered from another direction, and occasional uses of Hughes in a linebacker role, especially when Williams calls a 3-4 play, as he sometimes likes to do.
Previous picks: #1 Ndamukong Suh, #2 Russell Okung, #3 Gerald McCoy, #4 Sam Bradford, #5 Eric Berry, #6 Trent Williams, #7 Jimmy Clausen, #8 Bruce Campbell, #9 Bryan Bulaga, #10 Derrick Morgan, #11 Rolando McClain, #12 Sergio Kindle, #13 Joe Haden, #14 C.J. Spiller, #15 Mike Iupati, #16 Jason Pierre-Paul, #17