2020 NFL Draft: Grading the 4 New Orleans Saints picks

The New Orleans Saints had a pretty unconventional draft for their team, only drafting four players and trading multiple picks.

Typically, the New Orleans Saints try to have the most picks that they can have in a single draft. Unconventionally this draft and even a few in recent history, they traded multiple picks away for two in the third round — one high in the third and one a former compensatory pick.

Sean Payton went into this draft with a plan and they executed that plan to a T. The New Orleans Saints are being to looking revamped going into 2020 with new faces just in time to win another Super Bowl.

Let’s take a look at the four Grading the Saints’ highly active NFL Draftdraft picks the New Orleans Saints had and give each one of them a grade based on where they went, holes they filled, and more.

24
Cesar Ruiz
G/C University of Michigan

Almost every fan or person that knows anything about the Saints thought that they would draft Patrick Queen or a wide receiver in this position. However, the Saints shocked the world and went with a versatile guard/center adding more protection for Brees.

Could this be an indication of someone being on the move? Andrus Peat just signed a deal making him one of the highest-paid offensive lineman, and the Saints traded up last year to draft McCoy who is a Pro-Bowler. Is Warford on the hot seat now?

Grade: A

74
Zach Baun
LB University of Wisconsin

Zach Baun was a power pick with the 74th pick in the NFL Draft. The Saints went into the draft knowing they needed help at the linebacker position. They went to Ruiz with their first pick, but they didn’t waste any time trading up when Baun started to fall.

Grade: A

105
Adam Trautman
TE University of Dayton

Adam Trautman was a steal when they traded up for him. His senior season at Dayton he grabbed 70 receptions for almost 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns. That type of production alongside Jared Cook could be lethal for Drew Brees.

Grade: B+

240
Tommy Stevens
QB Mississippi State

The Saints traded back into the draft for Stevens, a versatile Taysom Hill-like player. Did they solve their quarterback need with Stevens? Who knows, but he was a solid value and should fill multiple holes.

Grade: A-

Even if they only had four NFL Draft picks, the New Orleans Saints used them wisely. They strengthened the offensive line, gave Brees another weapon, and filled a hole at linebacker along with their getting a solid quarterback.

Next: 3 Saints on the hot seat in 2020

All-in-all, the Saints had a great draft.