Saints Draft

New Orleans Saints 2018 Season focus based on draft selections

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Special teams and depth

We’ll begin with what confused me the most, but was later cleared up when I read into it. New Orleans targeted very large players this draft. Defensive end Marcus Davenport, 14th overall, is 6-foot-6 and 264-pounds. Wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, 91st overall, is 6-foot-2 and 203-pounds. Both of the offensive lineman fit the bill as well. Rick Leonard is 6-foot-7 and 311-pounds, while Will Clapp weighs the same and stands 6-foot-5.
We’ll begin with what confused me the most, but was later cleared up when I read into it. New Orleans targeted very large players this draft. Defensive end Marcus Davenport, 14th overall, is 6-foot-6 and 264-pounds. Wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, 91st overall, is 6-foot-2 and 203-pounds. Both of the offensive lineman fit the bill as well. Rick Leonard is 6-foot-7 and 311-pounds, while Will Clapp weighs the same and stands 6-foot-5. /

Even most of New Orleans’ UDFA signings were six feet or taller. However, three selections in a row were outliers, both in size and position targeting. Those guys are safety Natrell Jameson out of Wisconsin (164th overall), cornerback Kamrin Moore out of Boston College (189th overall, and running back Boston Scott out of Louisiana Tech (201st overall).

I was initially confused because the Saints don’t need immediate help at the safety, cornerback, or the running back positions. That goes for starters and for second units. Marathon Lattimore and Ken Crawley, along with Patrick Robinson, seem to lock up the secondary. Of course, that’s included with Vonn Bell, Marcus Williams, veteran Kurt Coleman and Chris Banjo. I’ll get to the running backs in detail later, but New Orleans will still have arguably the best backfield duo in the league for a majority of the season. 

On the surface, it looks like none of these players are needed. However, it’s never a bad thing to have young athletes on the roster to compete and contribute through various ways. The smart route in the NFL is to gather rookie contracts to contribute on special teams, as opposed to frail veterans who require more money usually. Jamerson has major return experience from college, and Moore’s speed will be useful in special teams. Scott as well, becoming a cheaper, smarter, and more intriguing option for New Orleans to play with.

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