Michael Thomas was amazing in 2019, and the New Orleans Saints should turn to the draft to bring him in some much-needed assistance.
The New Orleans Saints are looking to improve their roster and immediately contend in 2020. They’ll get the most bang for their buck by securing a wide receiver with their first-round pick which will be in the mid-20s.
This wide receiver class is DEEP. That bodes extremely well for New Orleans. Traditionally, for receivers, you can either draft the ones you like or you can turn to the undrafted free agency market a few days after. Players like Adam Thielen were undrafted gems.
For New Orleans, the potential first-round receivers will help give them variety in their search. On top of that, it could potentially give them room to draft their receiver needs in the third round; however, I don’t envision that happening.
The Saints need another high-quality receiver. Now.
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Michael Thomas passed the NFL single-season receptions record.
It wasn’t even Week 17 when he secured the record, and he also led the league in receiving yards. He was just an absolute unit, and it was even more impressive as Drew Brees missed five early-season games.
After Thomas’ 149, it was Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook who were the next two. It was even backup running back Latavius Murray before the next receiver. Finally, Ted Ginn came in at No. 5, and then Tre’Quan Smith at No. 7.
That’s not ideal.
That’s why the receiver will be the main concern in the draft. The team found capable replacements on the line and in the secondary, two of the other positions that they need to find additional bodes for.
Janoris Jenkins and Nick Easton both played well in their time with the first unit. Bring those two back and focus on securing talent behind them in later rounds is the ideal move. But with an aging Brees, the Saints need another skilled receiver now.