Saints links: Heading to Super Bowl?

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay produced a 2015 mock draft that he admits is "way too early." But I found it especially noteworthy since he has the New Orleans Saints picking 31st.

McShay wrote that he based the draft order on the early projected win totals from Football Outsiders. They have the Saints losing the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos in what would be a revenge game for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

I can totally buy that. As I've written a few times this offseason, I think the Saints could wind up with the best record in the NFC even if you don't consider them the top team in the NFC. Their schedule is a little easier than the NFC West teams that will have to beat each other up this year.

Also worth a click:

  • ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. listed new Saints receiver Brandin Cooks first among the rookies who could make an instant impact in 2014. Again, I completely agree. As I said in my buzz video this week, Cooks should be a top contender for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

  • The Advocate’s Ramon Antonio Vargas wrote a great piece on the Saints’ second-round draft pick, cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste. Vargas spoke to former coaches about how Jean-Baptiste turned around his flailing career and wound up at Nebraska.

  • The Saints’ team website caught up with some of Cooks’ former coaches, as well, in this edition of the Black & Blue Report podcast.

  • Here’s a transcript from Saints general manager Mickey Loomis’ interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio after the draft. Loomis said the Saints checked off most of their goals -- starting with an explosive player. The one targeted area they didn’t address was interior offensive line.

  • The Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan did some research to come up with these extensive profiles on the Saints’ class of undrafted rookies.

  • Congrats to Saints receivers Andy Tanner and Kenny Stills, who are wrapping up their college degrees.

  • ESPN.com’s Atlanta Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure wrote about how the Falcons can still improve their pass rush even though they didn’t add any star power this offseason.

  • Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman are squaring off again -- this time in the quarterfinals of the voting for the 2015 Madden video game cover. Wonder if they’re doing any trash-talking.