New Orleans Saints should draft best-available with the No. 24 pick

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Fit should be important for the New Orleans Saints, but with their first-round pick, value needs to be what they target given their current circumstances.

The New Orleans Saints will have option headed into the 2020 NFL Draft, and unlike several other teams, they won’t be strapped to improving one position group. Ideally, they’ll be bringing in a linebacker or cornerback to help add depth and skill to those positions.

With the core linebackers entering free agency in 2021, the team could opt to make that a vocal point. But, with Demario Davis, Kiko Alonso, and Alex Anzalone all healthy and at least a few likely to re-sign, there’s no reason to be strapped at linebacker.

At the same time, the Saints have locked up both Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins for the next two seasons. While Lattimore will be paid and Jenkins is aging, at the end of the day, they don’t adamantly need a corner as well.

The Saints have Drew Brees locked up and Taysom Hill almost guaranteed to return as well — they do need a third quarterback, but hey’ll be fine there for the time being.

At running back, they have Alvin Kamara locked up for one more season while Latavius Murray is backing him up and under contract for three more. Michael Thomas has been paid to lead the wide receiver corps and the offensive line is looking strong heading into the future as well.

All that to say, the team doesn’t need to pick a specific position and that will give them  a fluid approach to scout any and everyone early on in the draft.

Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray are the two players many analysts are predicting the team target. However, there’s no denying a Drew Brees successor should bee in the game plan and could come in the form of Jordan Love.

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Even a player like CJ Henderson could drop and should them be the Saints pick. At the end of the day, the Saints will have the option to go with whoever they deem the best available in the first round and fill out those position-specific roles later in the draft.