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2021 NFL Mock Draft: New Orleans Saints select secondary help

With the 28th overall pick in the 2021 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, New Orleans Saints GM grantspectations selects ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 28 TCU at Kansas Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Ok, I am back but now with a new organization. After helping the Lions organization build a great franchise, I bounced around a little. I thought I found a home with Cincy and I nailed it for them last year with Joe Burrow or so I thought. It is not my fault he got hurt. I told them the line needed to be beefed up. Really, he gets hurt and I lose my job. It isn’t a situation where I got too friendly with the owner’s daughter. (She told me she wasn’t interested, anyway). And the coach’s wife, well how did the owner find out? Maybe, they didn’t like the suggestion of taking out the bounty on WSH after taking out Burrow.

Well, I thought I would head to Texas, certainly one of those teams would be stupid enough to hire me. I mean Jerry just handed a one-legged Dak that contract & the Texans well they hired O’Brien before and kept him around ‘why not me’. Maybe they need help finding some more FA’s. I ended up in a cabaret, bar diner near Fort Worth, and offered this guy crying in the bathroom tissue of sorts. He was mumbling something about QB & retirement. When he turned around, low and behold it was Sean Payton. I caught a glimpse of his phone and it looked like Eli’s number. Well, I needed a job, so decided to try and strike up a friendship. It worked and he took me to TCU’s pro-day with him. We stopped at the drug store on the way and I loaded up on Kleenex. Luckily. they were on sale along with a variety of shells. We liked what we saw ….so, (drum roll) ……

With their first-round pick the no NO Saints select ……..

Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU.

We couldn’t believe that Trev, as I like to call him was still there. I was certain the Ravens would never pass him over. We sprinting to the podium to take the best safety prospect in the class & BPA on our board. While it is true that we need also need help at CB, LB, DE, and QB the value is too great. NO was in a similar situation as the Eagles with the cap. So, they weren’t able to do much in FA and lost a number of players. Brees retired but the FO signed some lackluster QB’s which appear to be basically one-year deals and we are unlikely to take a shot at a guy like Trask right now. The remaining CB’s don’t really seem worthy of a 1st and this is a lackluster DE class. We can sort the rest later since we have 3 picks in the next two rounds. There should be some good LB’s left.

Again, one can’t but emphasize that we are getting the best player at his position. That just seems like great value, I mean it isn’t like we are taking a TE or RB in the first or even a WR from the same school as Trev. It also fills a long-term need. Our board also had Phillips but he went to the Jags, Davis to the Browns, and Ojulari to the Ravens. Asante Jr. & Rousseau were some of the prospects next on our board but they aren’t first-round talents. Rousseau sounds too Frenchy and is difficult to spell. Plus, he had a poor pro day. We’ll leave Asante Jr., for the Eagles as he seems to belong there. While others in this range like Barmore who is intriguing but DT isn’t a priority and Bateman would be more of a luxury pick. And none of them is the top guy in their position. While it is true we still have Malcolm Jenkins; he looked done at times last season & maybe has one decent year left and Marcus Williams was franchised. Unless we work out a long-term deal with him, we could be left with goose eggs at the safety position. So, why not take the best now? He seems like a natural replacement for Jenks. Trev was praised for his versatility though many feel he could be better suited for strong safety. I think he could potentially excel at a hybrid role. Time will tell whether or not he can play man in the NFL as he may lack the range or be best at a box role. Either way, we could potentially lock up a safety spot for the next 5 + years with a guy that seems to have a nose for the ball.

Trevon Moehrig career snaps:

Slot CB: 796

In the box: 49

Free safety: 429

While reports seem to differ on some aspects of his game and his role in the NFL, there are certain points they all agree on versatility, great instincts, hard worker, and an intelligent, fluid athlete that always shows up on tape. Seems to have great ball skills with good vision and fluid hips. While a former CB moving to safety, he was the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year as a freshman. As a full-time two-year starter he became one of the top safeties in the country in 2019, first-team All-Big 12 posting 62 tackles, 1.5 for loss, four interceptions, 11 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles. Associated Press second-team All-American, Jim Thorpe Award winner, and first-team all-conference pick as a junior with 47 tackles, 2 for loss, 2 interceptions, 9 pass breakups.

While dealing with a soar back during his pro day he measured in at 6’1”, 202lbs but still posted a 4.5 40 yard dash, 4.19 short shuttle, and had a vertical jump of 33 inches. So, while the back issue some may view as an excuse, one can see how fast & explosive he plays on tape. Weakness

While having good size he could likely add a little more meat to help improve his tackling, particularly in run support. While rarely taking bad angles, he has a tendency to get overexcited and will find himself out of position at times. But who doesn’t like that ball-hawk mentality? Some of this is nitpicking but he may not have the speed or range to keep up with some of the faster receivers. Verdict

Selecting Trev is an easy decision. Most regard him as the best safety in the class. While listed as a free safety there seems to be some debate as to what he is best suited for. But most think he is best in zone coverage allowed to patrol the middle of the field. Cover 2 and cover 4 should be the best fit but many see him as a swiss army knife. He should start early but if not he will be a healthy addition to the ST. He has great size, mentality, possesses a high football IQ with great vision coupled with great athleticism, and is known as a hard worker. During our talks with him, he told me that he was a die-hard Eagles fan, while Sean seemed less than pleased but I was sold. And who doesn’t love his hair?

NFL.com opinion (if it matters):

Very talented height-weight-speed prospect with the range and ball skills to become an impact defender at the next level. Moehrig possesses the overall talent to play in a variety of coverages, including over the slot against big targets, but his talent might be best served as a high safety where his instincts and anticipation lead him to the football. He’s a talented ball tracker with soft hands and does a very good job of maintaining balance and positioning to make a play. While he can strike like a pro, he’s not always a knock-back tackler and his inconsistent angles to ball carriers present a bit of a concern as a last line of defense. He has the talent and traits to become a good starter early in his career.

Highlights:

Poll

Do you approve of this pick?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Yes
    (105 votes)
  • 27%
    No
    (39 votes)
144 votes total Vote Now

2021 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Jaguars (Phoenix X Minimus): QB Trevor Lawrence
2) Jets (eagles.north.of.the.border): QB Zach Wilson
3) 49ers (I Need a Username): QB Trey Lance
4) Falcons (chewy wellington): OT Penei Sewell
5) Bengals (Dr_Horrible): WR Ja’Marr Chase
6) Dolphins (20Safety_Hazard): TE Kyle Pitts
7) Lions (drc242): WR DeVonta Smith
8) Panthers (wildcatlh): QB Justin Fields
9) Broncos (ItownBallers22): CB Patrick Surtain II
10) Cowboys (Kephas): OT Rashawn Slater
11) Giants (Billmington): WR Jaylen Waddle
12) Eagles (ablesser88): CB Jaycee Horn
13) Chargers (Georgia_eagle): LB Micah Parsons
14) Vikings (Philliesandthebees): OT Alijah Vera-Tucker
15) Patriots (SakPrescott): QB Mac Jones
16) Cardinals (Carson Wentzs ACL): CB Greg Newsome II
17) Raiders (dshelton5): LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
18) Dolphins (J. Wil): DE Kwity Paye
19) Football Team (Negadelphia Norm): LB Nick Bolton
20) Bears (Happy24): CB Caleb Farley
21) Colts (Fly Like An Eagle): OT Christian Darrisaw
22) Titans (Friendly Neighborhood Philly Fan): LB Zaven Collins
23) Jets (Asap Stocky): OT Teven Jenkins
24) Steelers (Gregnado): OT Samuel Cosmi
25) Jaguars (“Snax”): DE Jaelen Phillips
26) Browns (gerouxman1956): LB Jamin Davis
27) Ravens (Brendanekstrom): DE Azeez Ojulari
28) Saints (grantspectations): S Trevon Moehrig
29) Packers (Philly_Philly):
30) Bills (doublefry):
31) Chiefs (Leo Bedio):
32) Buccaneers (phuckdallas):


Now it’s time for you to vote for who YOU think should be selected in the 2021 BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft.

Poll

Who should the New Orleans Saints draft at No. 28?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    S Trevon Moehrig
    (43 votes)
  • 7%
    DE Azeez Ojulari
    (12 votes)
  • 7%
    DE Gregory Rousseau
    (13 votes)
  • 4%
    DE Jaelan Philips
    (8 votes)
  • 3%
    DE Jayson Oweh
    (5 votes)
  • 4%
    WR Elijah Moore
    (8 votes)
  • 11%
    WR Kadarius Toney
    (18 votes)
  • 3%
    WR Rondale Moore
    (5 votes)
  • 23%
    CB Asante Samuel Jr.
    (38 votes)
  • 4%
    CB Tyson Campbell
    (7 votes)
  • 3%
    CB Eric Stokes
    (6 votes)
163 votes total Vote Now

1) Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence
2) Jets: QB Zach Wilson:
3) 49ers: QB Justin Fields
4) Falcons: OT Penei Sewell
5) Bengals: WR Ja’Marr Chase
6) Dolphins: TE Kyle Pitts
7) Lions: WR DeVonta Smith
8) Panthers: OT Rashawn Slater
9) Broncos: QB Trey Lance
10) Cowboys: CB Patrick Surtain II
11) Giants: LB Micah Parsons
12) Eagles: WR Jaylen Waddle
13) Chargers: CB Jaycee Horn
14) Vikings: OT Alijah Vera-Tucker
15) Patriots: QB Mac Jones
16) Cardinals: CB Caleb Farley
17) Raiders: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
18) Dolphins: RB Najee Harris
19) Football Team: OT Christian Darrisaw
20) Bears: OT Teven Jenkins
21) Colts: DE Kwity Paye
22) Titans: CB Greg Newsome II
23) Jets: OT Samuel Cosmi
24) Steelers: RB Travis Etienne
25) Jaguars: DT Christian Barmore
26) Browns: LB Jamin Davis
27) Ravens: WR Rashod Bateman
28) Saints: