There haven’t been many analysts that are in love with what the New Orleans Saints did this past weekend. They reached on multiple players, including Payton Turner who was commonly mocked as a second-round pick.
But, those in the Big Easy don’t think the team did a terrible job as they filled a few holes and now have talent with an ultra-high upside. However, while they did fill holes, I’m still not sure they did quite enough.
The New Orleans Saints drafted players to fill much-needed positions, but did they do enough to enter the season without adding any free agents?
With two trades to move up and get a player they didn’t think would fall, the New Orleans Saints added six players in total. The first three showed their defensive-minded focus, but with their last three picks, they added offensive weapons.
Coming into the draft, the biggest needs for New Orleans were a No. 2 cornerback and a No. 2 wide receiver.
Instead of getting that trade up for a Caleb Farley-like talent, the Saints went with Turner, a defensive end from Houston. It was a surprising pick given their depth at defensive end. Turner may serve as a backup to Marcus Davenport who is oftentimes injured.
Still, it’s a relatively mind-boggling pick.
After that though, the Saints added Pete Werner and Paulson Adebo. The former is a linebacker that should tag-team with Zack Baun to help replace the lost Kwon Alexander and Alex Anzalone. Then Adebo will hopefully be the player they need to replace Janoris Jenkins.
The Saints also drafted some offensive line help with Landon Young, a receiver in Kawaan Baker, and a quarterback to add to the room with Ian Book. It was a fulfilling draft, but they’re still going to need more.
Richard Sherman and a potential return from Alexander would be exciting for the Saints. The Big Easy still needs a top-tier cornerback. Experienced linebacker depth could also be key.
While they managed to draft players at those positions, there’s no telling how Werner and Adebo, who neither were commonly placed in the top-eight in their position, will kick off their careers in the NFL.
The Saints had a good draft, but they still need to do more.