Does signing a high-profile wide receiver change the way the New Orleans Saints are going to approach the 2020 NFL Draft and how they pick?
As New Orleans Saints’ fans, we have been waiting and waiting to know what the front office was thinking and how they were going fix the biggest issues the team dealt with within 2019 — a No. 2 wide receiver.
Well, now they have just that. Emmanuel Sanders not only brings a veteran presence but a No. 1 caliber wide receiver at the No. 2 slot. Most people thought that they should draft Justin Jefferson from LSU with their No. 24 draft pick.
With the signing of Emmanuel Sanders, should using their first-round pick on a wide receiver still be the strategy? The hole has been plugged, for now; I would say that it definitely has changed the strategy in some way.
The New Orleans Saints still need to focus on getting a wide receiver, but for now, that task can probably wait until the later rounds. The main focus in the NFL Draft now needs to be bettering the secondary.
They filled a hole in the secondary with the signing of Malcolm Jenkins. We are yet to see if Vonn Bell will re-sign in light of that or if he will leave. Either way, the Saints need to focus on either a cornerback or safety with their first-round pick.
There are plenty of high-profile, talented draftees at that position that the New Orleans Saints could claim with that pick. My personal favorite at that position being Jeff Gladney from Texas Christian University.
Whether the New Orleans Saints decided to go with a cornerback, wide receiver, or safety with the first pick is still yet to be seen. What we do know, though, is that they have set themselves up to be Super Bowl contenders for the next couple of years.