The New Orleans Saints have a new starting quarterback for the first time since 2006 when Drew Brees came to town and took over the reins. While there are mixed reviews for Jameis Winston and/or Taysom Hill, there’s a chance the Saints could take a quarterback in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, since they elected not to take a first-round signal-caller in this year’s draft.
This could happen if Winston and Hill both underwhelm as the starters and especially if the Saints are a bad team because of it. If they land in the top 10 picks, a quarterback being selected almost seems imminent.
The Saints could also be forced to draft a quarterback if the opposite happens. If Winston plays really well and lands a huge deal elsewhere (the Saints won’t be able to afford to pay him what he’ll deserve), then New Orleans will be in the same boat, but in a worse spot to do so, as they won’t be picking in the top 10.
If the New Orleans Saints find themselves in a spot where they have to draft a quarterback next year, who are some options? Let’s take a look.
Quarterbacks for New Orleans Saints in 2022 NFL Draft – No. 3: Matt Corral
Matt Corral has the potential to make a big leap from where he probably would land on the draft board right now to when the draft is actually taking place. He was a four-star recruit per 247 Sports coming out of high school and chose to attend Ole Miss where he’s put up respectable numbers.
Corral threw for 3,337 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions as a junior last year. He obviously needs to improve on the turnovers, as 14 interceptions won’t cut it in the NFL anymore, at least not if you want to stay with your team long-term.
As of now, Corral is probably a Day 2 prospect but he could make the leap into the first round with an awesome senior season. As mentioned above, he’ll need to throw fewer picks this year and 3,337 yards in the explosive SEC isn’t all that impressive.
Corral has tons he needs to work on but with Hill staying in New Orleans for the foreseeable future, he could always serve as a mentor if need be. This seems to be the trend with NFL teams these days.