Alvin Kamara — Running back, Tennessee
Here’s a name Saints fans are familiar with. Throughout the mock draft season, Alvin Kamara was regularly linked with the Saints, and with good reason. The Saints love the guy. And if you want proof: they gave up a 2018 second round pick on top of their 2017 seventh rounder to trade up and land him.
According to Micky Loomis, Kamara was on their board at 42. They almost picked him in the second round and managed to snag him a full 25 picks later.
Kamara’s fit in this offense is clear as day. He’s the satellite back, the third-down pass catcher. Of all the Saints receiving backs, I’d say Kamara most fits the Pierre Thomas play-style. He’s not quite the athletic freak that was Reggie Bush, nor is he that quick-twitch maniac that was — and still is — Darren Sproles. Instead, Kamara is an instinctual, strong and balanced RB with the ability to run a range of routes and to run between the tackles.
The Saints finally have back that three-headed dragon in their backfield that led to the dangerous offenses of 2009 to 2011. Kamara is the missing piece in the Sean Payton offense, the piece that they tried to fill with C.J. Spiller. He’ll create mismatches and dictate defensive packages in a way that will open up the field for the rest of the team. And paired with what might be the best OL and RB group in the Payton era, this offense could be unprecedently dangerous. Not to mention you’ve still got Mike Thomas on the outside. Woof.