The New Orleans Saints have about two weeks to figure out what they’re going to do with the 28th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They have needs to fill, but they also have one of the best rosters in the NFC.
The one thing holding the Saints back is a lack of knowledge surrounding their offense and an absolutely gutted defense. The team did manage to retain almost every player that is considered to be among the best at their position
The New Orleans Saints released several high-impact players, but at the end of the day, they have enough to compete even though they had a chaotic offseason.
Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Cam Jordan, Demario Davis, Marcus Williams, Terron Armstead, Ryan Ramczyk, and Marshon Lattimore will all be back next season. That’ll be the core of their roster.
Sadly, they had to release players like Emmanuel Sanders and Janoris Jenkins. On top of losing their No. 2 cornerback and receiver, the Saints lost their No. 2 defensive end and their best versatile guard on the second unit.
Those players will be missed and create holes in their roster, but with Richard Sherman looking for his next home after the draft and ample receivers ready to step up, the Saints should be able to take the best available.
Whether that be Mac Jones or Kwity Paye, two top-tier players at positions that may not be the most necessary to add high-level skill at, the Saints should be able to take whoever they want given the fact that they’ll, at the very worst, be asking a player like Deonte Harris to step up.
Over the last few seasons, it hasn’t just been the Saints’ ability to draft, but more importantly, they’ve been able to find diamond in the rough options to fill out their roster. That will come in huge this next season.
Given their depth even with players having been released, the Saints will have the freedom to pick whoever they think is the best fit. They also have four picks in the first three rounds which should all them to draft individual positions later on in Day 2.