Saints Draft

Diving deeper into the Saints’ 2021 NFL Draft class

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces Payton Turner as the 28th selection by the New Orleans Saints  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces Payton Turner as the 28th selection by the New Orleans Saints  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

With the 28th overall pick in the draft, the Saints were expected to be a side story in a quarterback-heavy draft. Instead, rumors about them trading up was one of the key stories of the day- it wouldn’t be a draft without them trying to be aggressive, after all!

In the end, however, New Orleans stood pat, though they did make some trade-ups in other rounds. Given their tough financial situation, they were under more pressure to hit on their draft picks than other teams. Thus, these six players, especially the top three, will be expected to play some role in the future.

Did the Saints have a successful draft? Were these players the optimal selections at the given spots? Let’s taker a closer look!

Today, we’ll be going over each of these six prospects’ profiles, analyzing their fit to the organization, and finally, assessing whether the team was correct to pick him. At the end, I’ll also look at some “what ifs” should New Orleans had been successful in trading up, as well as what I would have done during the draft.

Without further adieu, let’s take a deeper dive into the Saints’ 2021 rookie class!

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