New Orleans Saints: 3 primary areas of focus for the 2020 NFL Draft

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Three areas of focus for the New Orleans Saints will include wide receiver, offensive line, and the defensive secondary.  An equal balance of preparing for the future and adding key playmakers should be the objective.

The return of Drew Brees in the 2020 season is expected and will determine how the New Orleans Saints approach the upcoming draft.  A legitimate WR2 was the glaring need for the Saints offense in 2019 and might be the final piece in building a Super Bowl contender.

Many analysts expect the Saints to use their first-round pick, 24th overall, on a wide receiver who can provide playmaking ability and force attention away from Michael Thomas.

In recent years, the Saints have found value at the wide receiver via the draft; most notably, Michael Thomas and Marques Colston.

Colston was a diamond in the rough, drafted in the seventh round and becoming one of the all-time greats in franchise history while Thomas fell to the second round in 2016 and has quickly become the best wide receiver in the NFL.

CBS Sports’ most recent mock draft have the Saints taking Jalen Reagor (TCU) in the first round.

Reagor is a draft-eligible junior who averaged 50.92 yards per game and led his team with 43 receptions on the season.  Reagor tied for the team-lead this season in touchdown receptions with five.

Reagor’s best season with the Horned Frogs came in 2018, his sophomore campaign, where he accumulated 1,067 yards receiving with 9 touchdowns.  With sub 4.3 speed, Reagor can stretch the field, force safeties to playback and be a threat to score every time he touches the ball.