New Orleans Saints Draft Analysis: Top 3 deepest positions
The Saints are a team without many needs, but cornerback is certainly one of them.
Eli Apple had a mediocre year yet has shown many flaws. It’d be nice to return Janoris Jenkins who was signed late in the season and performed well. However, Jenkins is aging and likely won’t be the team’s long-term solution.
That leaves the draft, and experts believe there are a number of quality targets.
C.J. Henderson, Florida
“Henderson essentially catches the ball comfortably almost as if he’s a receiver. Has examples of interceptions at all different area levels. Can attack the ball out of the air, while also scooping it out of lower areas. An added incentive that takes his game to another level.” (Draft Network)
Trevon Diggs, Alabama
“Diggs is a fluid athlete being recruited to play receiver and cornerback. As a receiver, he gets off the line of scrimmage quickly and gets into and out of his breaks at a high rate of speed. He also has the speed to get behind the defense, and he has good hands.” (247Sports)
Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
“His feet are so quick and light, and that paired with the balance he plays with keep him prepared to spring into action once he diagnoses the route. His eyes are tied to his feet. Okudah’s ability to quickly accelerate to full speed mixed with awareness makes him dangerous.” (Drafttek)
Jeff Gladney, TCU
“Gladney is a twitchy playmaker with excellent quickness and ball skills in coverage and the ability to pack some punch as a run defender. The former high school receiver has natural ball skills―both in finding the ball to swat it away or playing his receiver’s hands at the catch point.” (The Ringer)