We were already projecting that the Saints were going to use at least one of their upcoming draft picks on a wide receiver. Now, without Emmanuel Sanders, that projection becomes amplified and of more importance than it was before.
The team still has receivers like Tre’Quan Smith and Deonte Harris that stepped up last year in the absence of Michael Thomas and will likely step up this year in Sanders’s absence. However, the Saints need a long-term No. 2 option.
The good thing is that this draft is full of good receivers. The one that has been most liked to the black and gold is LSU receiver Terrace Marshall, Jr. Marshall played with Joe Burrow in 2019 and caught 46 passes for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns with Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase on their way to a National Championship.
This year, without Burrow, Chase, or Jefferson, Marshall still put up 48 receptions for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is a big playmaker at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. There are still things that Marshall needs to work on, but all-in-all he will be a quality receiver in the NFL.