3 must-watch Saints in the team’s season opener against the Bucs

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 22: Punt returner Deonte Harris #11 of the New Orleans Saints rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 22, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 22: Punt returner Deonte Harris #11 of the New Orleans Saints rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 22, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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Zack Baun

Zack Baun was drafted in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 74th overall pick.

Baun was a standout linebacker for the Wisconsin Badgers garnering All Big-Ten and All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Baun figures to see ample playing time if not cracking the starting lineup at middle or strong-side linebacker.

The Saints recently released veteran linebacker Nigel Bradham after only a couple of weeks of signing the former Philadelphia Eagle. Coaches quickly looked at the young talent at linebacker as the catalyst for this decision.

Baun brings great size and athleticism to the position and adds a layer of depth that the Saints have desperately needed the last couple of seasons. In Week 1, we should expect to see Baun get action on run down and distances and goal-line situations.

If Baun proves to be the caliber linebacker that Saints coaches have seen to this point, he may find himself in a starting role sooner than expected.

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