We’ve now seen the New Orleans Saints‘ 2020 draft class in action for over a year now and the verdict has not been good. Before we dive more into that, let’s take a look at who the black and gold added to their organization just a year ago.
- Round 1: Pick 24 – Cesar Ruiz, OL (Michigan)
- Round 3: Pick 74 – Zack Baun, LB (Wisconsin)
- Round 3: Pick 105 – Adam Trautman, TE (Dayton)
- Round 7: Pick 240 – Tommy Stevens, QB (Mississippi State)
Woof. The Saints had just four picks in last year’s draft and they’re not getting much out of any of them if we’re being entirely honest.
Out of this bunch, Ruiz is the only one consistently starting but he hasn’t been great. The former Michigan center played right guard as a rookie and that’s where he started at this year until Erik McCoy went down with an injury.
That led to Ruiz moving to his collegiate position of center and he hasn’t played well there. He has a PFF grade of 58.5, which isn’t ideal for a starting center in the NFL. Hopefully, McCoy’s eventual return can be the turning point for Ruiz, as he’d be moving back to right guard, where he’s looked much better.
The New Orleans Saints’ 2020 draft class has been terrible.
The next two picks were both in the third round and neither has impressed. Baun was so disappointing as a rookie that NOLA drafted Pete Werner and the rookie from Ohio State has looked leaps and bounds better than Baun, swiping the starting job from him.
Trautman was buried on the depth chart as a rookie but there’s no excuse for him this year. He’s been really bad, totaling just 64 yards through the first five games of the season with the majority of those coming this past week.
Stevens didn’t even end up making the final roster and was quickly snatched off the practice squad by the Panthers, even playing for them in one game last year. He’s currently not on any roster.
Armed with just four picks, the Saints had to make their selections count in this draft but that has been far from what has happened to this point. This could end up going down as one of the worst draft classes in New Orleans Saints history.