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5 reasons the Saints will make the playoffs

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Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State reacts after being picked #11 overall by the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State reacts after being picked #11 overall by the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Loads of talent from the 2017 draft

If things pan out perfectly, the New Orleans Saints may walk away with the greatest draft in NFL history. And that’s no exaggeration. The Saints selected steal after steal in April’s draft. Breaking it down pick by pick emphasizes how lucky the Saints were — and how well they played their cards.

It of course starts with the 11th overall selection, Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore was ranked as the top cornerback prospect by countless experts, being projected to go in the top five to seven picks.

He somehow fell to the Saints at No. 11 and there was no way he wasn’t going home to the Big Easy. His impact will be felt immediately, as he brings lockdown versatility for an ever-improving defense.

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Also out of the first round came Ryan Ramczyk, one of the best offensive lineman in the draft. Due to the influx of skill players and all-around athletes in the first round (which also affected Lattimore), Ramczyk almost dropped to the second round.

He was the second and final offensive lineman picked in the first round and arguably has the better tool belt for the NFL. His value grew exponentially when Teton Armstead underwent surgery earlier this offseason.

Ramczyk will be thrown into big playing time in his rookie season and he will show how much he can contribute, especially for a borderline second-rounder.

Another huge steal was Alvin Kamara, running back out of Tennessee. Once thought to be a first-rounder, Kamara wasn’t selected until the Saints traded up in the third round to select the speedy back. He’ll fit in perfectly with Brees and the offense that Sean Payton runs.

He’ll look to make an immediate impact and fill in a huge void on the team.

Marcus Williams (second round), Alex Anzalone (third round), Trey Hendrickson (third round) and Al-Quadin Muhammad (sixth round) are all arguably steals as well and will all compete for heavy rotation minutes for this season and for the near future.

Next: 8 reasons why Drew Brees is one of the all-time greats

Talent makes teams better on paper, and that is the first step to becoming a better team on the field.

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