Marcus Williams — Safety, Utah
With the 42nd pick, the Saints landed what many have labeled as the heir to the Jairus Byrd role.
I love this pick. I think just about everyone does. Marcus Williams is essentially Malik Hooker-lite, a player that the Saints had a shot at in the first round. Williams isn’t the strongest run supporter, but that’s about the only knock on his talents.
Paired with Marshon Lattimore, Williams completes a wonderful overhaul of this Saints secondary. A combination of Breaux-Lattimore as the starting corners with an intense battle for the slot position between P.J. Williams, Sterling Moore and others, and then Bell-Vacarro-Marcus Williams at safety is easily one of the best secondaries in the league.
And Williams complements Bell and Vacarro wonderfully. Vacarro is that money-back, the linebacker/safety hybrid that thrives in the box. And Vonn Bell is something of a similar prospect, a versatile safety who can play in the slot, can defend the run and can cover a deep zone. Then Williams, who is primarily a deep safety. He’ll thrive in the single-high role that Jairus Byrd often found himself in.
And funny enough, Byrd was also a 42nd pick. Sean Payton’s wanted a player of this type for years. He may have finally landed him in Marcus Williams.