While many fans are worried about a Super Bowl run for the New Orleans Saints, here is a look at why we should be worried about the 2020 NFL Draft.
With the 30th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select…
That is the question that many fans will be asking themselves as the seasons’ end draws near. Whether a Super Bowl victory or an early exit in the playoffs, one thing is for sure, the Saints’ 2020 NFL first-round draft pick will be an important one.
There are not many gaps that could use being filled, but no team is perfect.
The New Orleans Saints could use help in the secondary, the wide receiving core, and the second string. The Saints’ scouting team has been nothing short of magnificent in the recent NFL drafts, drafting most of their starting lineup.
There is no doubt that they should trust who the scouting team decides should be chosen, but who will that be? I would say that the most important issue that needs to be addressed is the compliment to Michael Thomas.
Michael Thomas is drawing over 70% of the target share among the wideout core, which says a lot about his complimentary wide receivers — or lack thereof. Most fans wanted the Saints to act on this issue before the trade deadline a couple of days ago on October 29th.
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Shortly after, they wanted them to act on the issue with the release of Josh Gordon, but they refused to put in a waiver claim. This issue is going to need to be addressed at the next earliest convenience and that is the NFL Draft.
With the 30th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select a 6-foot-2 junior wide receiver from the University of Colorado — Laviska Shenault Jr.
Through seven games in 2019, Shenault has already exceeded 500 receiving yards and has three touchdowns. In nine games in 2018, he had 86 receptions for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns.
He and his quarterback have been battling some injuries as of late which is why his 2019 numbers are lower, but he is still big-play capable as evident below.
Shenault would add a deep threat the Brees doesn’t have and another quality target to allow Michael Thomas to get more open and receive less double teams.
This is the spot at which the New Orleans Saints find another Michael Thomas quality talent opposite the man himself.