The New Orleans Saints find themselves back in need of a wide receiver after releasing veteran Emmanuel Sanders who led the Saints’ receivers in yards and receptions last season. Now, they look toward a loaded receiver draft class to help the problem.
There are at least five wide receivers that are projected to go ahead of the Saints at No. 28 — DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Jamarr Chase, Rashod Bateman, and Kadarius Toney. The first three will go inside of the top ten, the others will be dependent upon who others take.
However, regardless, if we just cut out Smith, Waddle, and Chase, New Orleans might have the choice of Rashod Bateman, Kadarius Toney, Rondale Moore, and Elijah Moore with the No. 28 pick in the first round of this draft.
The Saints shouldn’t make the same mistake they made last year and pass up on a loaded draft class that the 2021 NFL Draft will see.
The Saints re-directed from taking a wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft with another loaded draft class. There ended up being seven receivers taken in the first 35 picks including Justin Jefferson, Tee Higgins, Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, Henry Ruggs, Brandon Aiyuk, and Michael Pittman, Jr.
All seven of those receivers have already made their mark on the game and their teams. All of them are starters, and most of them have already begun to shine. The Saints shouldn’t make the same mistake twice and lose out on another receiver.
If you were to pair any of the aforementioned receivers with Michael Thomas for an extended period of time, success will be the result. The Saints can no longer rely on a Hall-of-Fame quarterback’s IQ to surpass the lack of talent surrounding him.
On top of that, New Orleans got rid of a lot of their previous year’s endzone targets including Jared Cook and Sanders. They’ll more than likely limit Taysom Hill‘s red zone snaps as a tight end with him as the backup quarterback.
The best thing the team can do right now is to surround Winston with the most talent they can and let him go to work.