New Orleans Saints: 4 combine players to watch on Thursday

BOULDER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 23: Laviska Shenault Jr. #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball against the Washington Huskies in the first quarter at Folsom Field on November 23, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
BOULDER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 23: Laviska Shenault Jr. #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball against the Washington Huskies in the first quarter at Folsom Field on November 23, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Arizona State, WR, Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk is a big play type of receiver. He has the possibility to be the threat that the New Orleans Saints were missing last year. With Thomas as a mid-range wide receiver, Aiyuk could be the perfect opposite-field complement.

One of Aiyuk’s best abilities is his keen insight to be able to track a ball in mid-air and then go and retrieve that ball — that is what makes him such a deep threat. He is also a great off-ball defender and has experience playing special teams.

The things to watch on Thursday will be his route running technique and his hand ability coming off of a route. He has a smaller frame so his physicality has come into question a lot as well. Overall though, Aiyuk has been climbing draft charts.

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Looking ahead to Thursday, the New Orleans Saints need to keep an eye out on these three players and how they perform. They could end up being the future of the black and gold for years to come down the road.

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