With the 31st pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2015 NFL mock draft, the New Orleans Saints select UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman. ALatx is serving as the Saints' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
This was a very tough call to make. Perriman has the size, blazing speed and build to be a productive No. 1 receiver in the NFL, and I think it will be shocking if he's not picked inside the top 25 on draft day. However, the Saints don't exactly have the most glaring need at WR, but the position should be addressed sooner than later. Marques Colston will be 32 when this season begins and has seen his production decline over the past few seasons. Brandin Cooks is on track to be a very good player in this league, but he is only a slot receiver. Having lost Kenny Stills, New Orleans now has Nick Toon as the third receiver, and Perriman would present a nice upgrade there with huge upside. In a few years, Perriman will have no issue being that No. 1 guy in the Saints offense when Colston really slows down.
I almost took Eddie Goldman here because it really makes a lot of sense. But if I am the Saints GM, I'm going to be drafting BPA and hope that a DT like Goldman or Jordan Phillips is there for my second-round pick. Goldman has too many concerns with his motor and production in college to be a sure-fire first-rounder. After taking edge rusher Shane Ray earlier in the first, I see no problem with the Saints going offense here to help make up for the loss of Jimmy Graham.
Check out the 2015 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.