Unlike the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints did everything they could to give future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees the best roster possible. They knew Brees was capable of getting them to the Super Bowl, losing this past season to the Super Bowl champions.
Adding all those contracts left the Saints in a difficult situation as they entered the offseason. They cleared more than nine figures worth of cap space, re-signed Jameis Winston, and even used their franchise tag.
The New Orleans Saints drafted six players, three in the first two days and then three in the final day. A few will have an immediate impact.
While they retained many of the players that meant the most to this franchise, they did have to gut the roster of many key veterans.
Janoris Jenkins was among the most notable names released. Trey Hendrickson and Sheldon Rankins weren’t able to be re-signed as they hit the open market. Jared Cook, Nick Easton, and Kwon Alexander were a few more impactful players that won’t return.
That means the Saints needed to reload, and they did that in the 2021 NFL Draft. That said, let’s dive into a quick ranking of the three most impactful picks from last weekend.