The New Orleans Saints have no money to go out and improve their team in free agency this year. In fact, their cap situation is so desperate that they have had to let a good portion of role players walk in free agency or be released as a result.
The best way the team can replenish the players that will hurt to lose is the 2021 NFL Draft. The defensive side of the ball was already the weaker side but after being hit with some more losses to come, they will need all the help they can get.
In this 7-round mock draft, we have the Saints going all defensive players with their picks.
With the Saints’ current roster situation, it would not be unusual for the team to go into the 2021 NFL Draft and leave with all defensive players.
Round 1 – Nick Bolton, LB, University of Missouri
Bolton played only 10 games in 2020 for Missouri. He finished with 95 tackles (8.0 for a loss), 2.0 sacks, and five passes defended. Bolton is a special type of linebacker. He excels in run-stopping as well as pass protection.
He is the ideal linebacker to complement Demario Davis on the other side of the middle.
Round 2 – Chazz Surratt, LB, University of North Carolina
In the last two years, when Surratt started for the Tarheels, he left with 207 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and five passes defended. He also did all that in just 24 games.
Round 3 – Richard LeCounte III, S, University of Georgia
While at Georgia for four years, LeCounte totaled 176 tackles, 8 interceptions, 10 passes defended, six fumble recoveries, and four forced fumbles. LeCounte isn’t elite in his athleticism, but he does have instincts that make him a huge third-round prospect.
Round 4 – Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State University
Tommy Togiai didn’t really break out at Ohio State until his junior year. In that season, he totaled 23 tackles, 4.5 of those for a loss, and 3.0 sacks — all of which were career highs. Togiai is far from perfect, but with the Saints coaching staff, he has the makings of a starter in the fourth round.
It would be smart for the team if they were to draft all defensive players. With Winston likely coming back, their offense is in good hands; however, the defense is where they are going to lose the most so they need to most restructuring. Going all defensive in the draft will help.