New Orleans Saints: No players appear on list of top 25 players under 25

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The New Orleans Saints don’t have noteworthy young talent on their roster, or at least that appears to be the case after CBS Sports’ list of top 25 players under the age of 25 was released. No members of the Saints made the list.

This isn’t all that surprising, as the Saints aren’t really a young team. Their quarterback just retired this offseason after spending 16 seasons with the team and the team is looking to replace him with either a 27-year-old or a soon-to-be 31-year-old. While neither of those ages is considered “old” outside of football, inside football, those aren’t young players anymore.

Some notable Saints who are under 25 and could have been considered for this list are:

  • Cesar Ruiz, 21
  • C.J. Gardner-Johnson, 23
  • Erik McCoy, 23
  • Marcus Davenport, 24
  • Carl Granderson, 24
  • Adam Trautman, 24
  • Marcus Williams, 24

No member of the New Orleans Saints made the list of top players under 25.

The Saints obviously hoped Davenport would find himself on a list like this when they moved up to draft him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft but it hasn’t happened yet. Davenport is still hoping to shred that bust label.

Granderson has been a nice story, going undrafted out of Wyoming and notching five sacks last year. The Saints hope to see him build on that and become an even bigger playmaker for their defense in 2021, especially after losing Trey Hendrickson in free agency.

I’m surprised that Williams didn’t just make the cut on these rankings. He is entering a contract year and should play his best ball in 2021 to ensure he gets a hefty deal for 2022 and beyond. He’s definitely one of the best safeties in the league.

While these lists don’t mean anything really, it is a bit surprising not to see any members of the Saints make the cut. The NFC South was well-represented with Bucs offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs coming in at No. 12, Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore ranking at No. 17, Panthers defensive end Brian Burns earning the No. 18 spot, Bucs linebacker Devin White sitting at No. 19, and Bucs safety Antoine Winfield coming in at No. 21.

The Falcons didn’t have any players on the list either, for what it’s worth.

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Maybe we’ll see some Saints appear on this list next year but for now, no one made the cut as far as players under 25 are concerned.