The Saints added three picks to their draft when the NFL released its compensatory draft picklist. With New Orleans already down to three picks in the draft, it was definitely encouraging that they now have six picks to make up for those that they have released.
Round 3, Pick 98 – Kellen Mond, QB
In 2017, he had his career-high in passing yards for a season surpassing 3,000. In 2019, he had his highest touchdown to interception ratio with 19 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also had his highest passer rating, yards per attempt, and completion percentage as well.
Mond can stay in the pocket and throw the ball with precision, but Mond can also escape the pocket and create with his feet. In 2019 (his last full season), Mond ran for over 500 yards and eight touchdowns as well.
The New Orleans Saints were awarded three compensatory picks in the upcoming NFL Draft; here is who they could add with those picks.
Round 3, Pick 105 – Tyler Shelvin, DT
Tyler Shelvin ended up sitting out his junior year in 2020 because of COVID-19. However, in 2019, Shelvin recorded 39 tackles, 3.0 for a loss, and two passes defended in 13 games. Being the coachable athlete that he is, the Saints should have no problem molding him to replace Rankins.
Round 6, Pick 217 – Richard LeCounte III, S
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 sixth-round prospect.
When it comes down to making these selections, we know that Sean Payton and his scouting staff are going to make these picks count. He has always been a master of the NFL Draft. These three players, though, would greatly aid the team staffing from all the releases.