New Orleans Saints should take a local product with their first pick
The New Orleans Saints can stay at pick No. 24 in the first round and still get a quality player on the roster. Who will they go for?
The New Orleans Saints should stay at their position in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft and get the player they want in the team’s effort to win another Super Bowl title.
Two players who will have an immediate impact on the team in 2020 hail from the defending national champions of college football, the LSU Tigers.
The first player is linebacker Patrick Queen, a 6-foot, 230-pound prospect who starred in the Bayou.
Queen possesses incredible speed and quickness and is able to be a true asset in pass coverage. His smaller stature in terms of height limits him somewhat, but his skills would fit in perfectly in New Orleans.
At LSU, Queen started in 12 of 15 games in which the Tigers won every single game en route to the university’s first national title since 2007.
He nodded 85 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception. His presence would improve the Saints’ linebacking corps, which needs additional depth and a spark in pass coverage.
If Queen is available at No. 24, in particular if a team like the Philadelphia Eagles pass on him at No. 21, the Saints should be able to select him.
Another option is wide receiver Justin Jefferson, a 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound target from the Boot as well.
Jefferson starred for the Tigers, including a 16-catch, 227-yard and four-touchdown performance against the Oklahoma Sooners in the semifinal round of the 2020 College Football Playoff.
He excelled for the Purple and Gold by catching 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns, posting 100-yard performances in the SEC Championship against the Georgia Bulldogs, and the postseason against the Oklahoma Sooners and the Clemson Tigers.
Jefferson would shine in the slot wide receiver position, and if the Saints are able to snag him, a tandem of Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Jefferson would be lethal to combine with a myriad of offensive weapons.
Again, the Philadelphia Eagles are a team that has needs at the linebacker and wide receiver position like the Saints, so if either Jefferson or Queen slide to No. 24, New Orleans should pry one of them there.
Another question come draft night would be, “What if Queen and Jefferson somehow are both available with the Saints on the clock?”
I would hate to be in general manager Mickey Loomis’ position there, but maybe he’ll continue his “Mickey Magic” and make the most of any situation that arises in the first round.