Saints start pre-draft power rankings just outside top 10

Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints are going to being their post-Drew Brees era in 2021. For the most part, analysts and fans alike believe that Jameis Winston will take over the starting job this season and hopefully lead the team to a winning record.

As we look at where the Saints will rank after free agency but before the draft, Nate Davis from USA Today lists the Saints at the No. 11 team in the NFL falling from No. 10 to just outside of the top 10 and looking in.

Over the course of the last three seasons, the Saints have gone 8-1 without the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback in the lineup. As a replacement, Teddy Bridgewater (2019) and Taysom Hill (2020) have filled in for Brees and lost only one game.

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Something has to be said about the supporting cast around the quarterback that the Saints have attained to be able to accomplish something like that. Also adding a quarterback with higher arm strength and better mobility should only heighten the offense.

However, they were forced to get rid of quite a few of their roster positions and players due to the lowered cap. They ended up releasing some big names that will need to be replaced before we can fully expect them to be back inside the top ten.

But! The black and gold might be starting at the No. 11 spot before the NFL Draft, but I fully expect them to jump back into the top ten after the draft before the first week of the year. Sean Payton and company have always been perennially great at drafting all of their needs wisely.

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If that is the case again this year, then they should fill out most of their needs in the handful of draft picks they have this year. The best thing they can do is count out the black and gold, but we don’t go down without a fight.