Sep 27, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) celebrates after sacking North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams (12) during the second quarter at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
HN: Are there any prospects in particular? The Falcons have lacked a top calibre edge rusher for seasons, and this class seems like the best time to address that need, so there’ll be some competition. Are you hoping that a Vic Beasley, Bud Dupree or Shane Ray fall to the Saints, or are any defensive additions welcome?
AS: I’m hoping for Vic Beasley, but I don’t see him falling – he’s my favorite prospect in this year’s draft. We’d have to trade up. I see Shane Ray as a bit of a bust. Alvin Dupree should be there at 13, and I would have no problem taking him. If they are targeting him, they may be able to trade back.
My favorite prospects are Vic Beasley, Randy Gregory (if the Saints can find a sense of trust and maturity in him, he’s obviously a risk, but talent is undeniable), Danny Shelton, Malcom Brown and Eric Kendricks. I’m hoping the Saints address only the front seven in the first round. Receiver and offensive line can wait.
My ideal first round would be a Vic Beasley or Danny Shelton with the first pick and Eric Kendricks with the second at No. 31.