New Orleans Saints’ need at WR falls in ‘sweet spot’ of NFL draft – New Orleans Saints Blog

METAIRIE, La. — If you are a member of the New Orleans SaintsDo not draft a wide receiver in Round 1.

Despite veteran Michael ThomasThe Saints need a premium pass catcher after their crucial return from the ankle injury which wiped out their entire 2021 season. They were last in the NFL for passing offense in 2017 and have not added to their roster in free agency.

The Saints also hold the 16th and 19th picks after a tradeWith the Philadelphia EaglesBoth are in the “sweet spot for wide receivers”, as ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said.

“This class reminds of 2020 a bit more, as Henry Ruggs was No. 1 on the board. 12 but six more receivers were drafted in the draft. [top 25],” McShay said.

Three receivers ranked in the Top 10 in 2021. The Round 2 round was the “sweet spot,” in 2019, where three receivers were among the top 10. Deebo Samuel, A.J. Brown D.K. MetcalfThese were chosen. New Orleans was unable to capture the historical haul of receiver talent that entered the NFL through all three drafts.

Saints and Atlanta FalconsThe Falcons and the Saints were the only teams to not draft receivers in Rounds 4 through 21 of 2019-2021. The Falcons did add a pass catcher to their tight end. Kyle PittsWith the fourth selection last year.

It's because the Saints have so little in their cupboard. And that’s why they can't afford to skip out any longer.

If they don’t draft a receiver, the Saints better get on the phone immediately and offer to pay former LSU star (and local fan favorite) Jarvis LandryWhatever he asks as the last remaining free agent.

Even if they do draft a player, it wouldn’t hurt to add a veteran. Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., T.Y. Hilton, Emmanuel Sanders, William Fuller VOr Cole BeasleyDespite some questions that have put them on the market.

Saints also have “needs”, such as left tackle, safety, and defensive line. The receiver should be bolded and underlined.

There are many attractive draft options available, which is the good news. Ohio State's should still have at least one among the top four consensus choices Garrett Wilson, USC's Drake London, Alabama's Jameson WilliamsOhio State's Chris Olave.

Or, they might get their pick of the next tier which includes Arkansas. Treylon Burks, Penn State's Jahan DotsonNorth Dakota State's Christian Watson.

Another positive thing about this class is its versatility. According to ESPN analyst Matt Bowen, top receivers have “so many different characteristics”.

Garrett Wilson

The Saints would likely have to trade up for the 6-foot, 183 pounder. This is too bad because he may have the best inside/outside ability of any team that could use someone to line up in the slot to compliment Thomas. Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway Deonte Harty.

Bowen, who compared Wilson to Bowen, said: “Extremely dynamic following the catch.” Stefon Diggs. “Upper-tier skills in ball and body control to play on the back shoulder, front shoulders, and above the line. He is able to climb the ladder and reach the top.

“He will need time and training in the nuance and details of running routes against professional DBs. What I cannot coach is his sudden ability and stop-start speed, which make him so dynamically and elusive.”

Drake London

Another player who may be out of the Saints' hands is the 6-4, 219-pounder. He makes a good fit in the middle. The most like Thomas, but more difficult for defenses to match up.

Jordan Reid, ESPN draft analyst said Drake London “would be a good fit.” “He could play outside or inside; he has done both. He's also a great run blocker, which is something that should not be overlooked. That's something I know. [former coach] Sean Payton [valued]In the past.”

Jameson Williams

Bowen paired Williams and the Saints in his best team fits for receivers.“Explosive and sudden tape with incredible vertical speed I like the combination of the aggressive mentality of quarterback Jameis Winston… my favorite wide receiver prospect of this class.”

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN's draft analyst, sent Williams to New Orleans as well. most recent mock draft. Reid also agreed that Reid “I think he fits the Saints best” — although Reid predicts that Reid, a 6-2, 179-pounder, will be in the top 15, despite having torn his ACL in January’s national championship game.

McShay claimed that Williams' injury was the only thing that could land Williams in New Orleans.

McShay stated, “I believe he's got the best chance to be a top receiver in this group when all is said and done.”

Chris Olave

The best way to pose on stage is with a Saints cap. Because of questions about his physicality, opinions are mixed about the 6-foot-tall, 187-pounder. However, he is widely considered one of the elite route runners this year's class. Anyone who watched the Saints last summer knows the No. The one thing they were lacking was the ability to get open on a consistent basis.

McShay stated that McShay is a 4.39 speedster and an excellent vertical route runner. McShay said, “I believe he has a chance to become, if not a number one.” “He's got a chance to be, if not a No. 1 in the league. He could be a really great No. 2.”

Treylon Burks

Reid stated that he would feel more at home taking Burks in his mid-20s. The 6-2, 215-pounder could be a good choice if New Orleans is looking for someone who can fill the slot.

Bowen said, “I think that he's kinda a dynamic multidimensional player.” Bowen also mentioned Samuel's creative use by the 49ers as a receiver/runner. However, he suggested Burks could be “deployed on multiple alignments and with manufactured touches.”

Jahan Dotson

McShay stated that “Dotson, although a small slot receiver, is a big guy,” McShay said about the 5-inch, 178-pounder. “And he’s just so under control. He is quick. He has excellent ball skills, which I think is the most important attribute of this receiver class.

Day 2

Reid believes that the Saints may still be able find a starter for Round 2. Georgia's rising star is one Reid particularly loves. George Pickens“Really starting get some steam lately,” says. The 6-3,195-pounder tore his ACL in March. However, he was able to recover in time to play the last four games. He has made great progress.

Bowen also mentioned Cincinnati. Alec PierceAlabama's John Metchie III as possible Day 2 values.

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