New Orleans Saints: 5 receivers to target in the 2020 NFL Draft

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Justin Jefferson

To begin this list, we should discuss one of the most likely candidates to be on the board when the Saints pick comes along. Jefferson was a highly touted recruit when he arrived at LSU, but it took until his sophomore season for him to turn it on.

Once Joe Burrow came along, Jefferson exploded with a season with 102 catches, 1,434 yards, and 18 scores. This improvement in production is a sign of his capabilities with a competent quarterback.

While Jefferson isn’t quite the speed demon that most teams would consider for the slot position, he does possess some sneaky speed that allows him to create separation from defenders. Pair this with his 6-foot-3 frame and his eye-popping ability to control himself in the air and make spectacular catches, and you have an incredible possession receiver.

Jefferson isn’t as high on most draft boards as players like Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb, but he is definitely a late first or early second-round talent. The Saints might not immediately be looking for a wide receiver, but Jefferson seems like the perfect fit into the system.

It’s evident that when he played in Joe Brady’s system, which is  would be capable of making an easy transition to the Saints’ scheme and create some instant production.