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Grading every New Orleans Saints pick from the 2021 NFL Draft

Sep 8, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive lineman Payton Turner (98) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive lineman Payton Turner (98) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
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Saints draft pick: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

I feel like I’ve been a bit harsh on the first few picks. But, then the Saints drafted Paulson Adebo, and after digging into scouting reports surrounding the Stanford cornerback, he could be an absolutely brilliant selection.

Adebo has speed, size, and talent.

At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, it’s unlikely he gets thrown around too much even by bigger receivers like Mike Evans. Adebo ran an unofficial 4.42 at his Pro Day, so the speed is there. As with many prospects, the updated film was slim as Adebo opted out of the 2020 season.

Adebo had 97 tackles (5 for a loss), 8 interceptions, and an insane 27 passes defended in 22 games throughout his first two seasons in Stanford. Showing his talent as a ballhawk, Adebo may not be ready to come in and produce as the team’s No. 2 cornerback.

With talents like Richard Sherman still on the market, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the team add more depth at the position. Regardless of if he’s given the time to shine this season, Adebo’s moment will come.

The Saints traded two third-round picks to move up and snag Adebo, and there’s no denying he could end up as the best player from this draft for New Orleans.

Grade: A+

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