NOLA Saints select productive wide receiver in recent mock draft

Drake London (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Drake London (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Everyone knows that the NOLA Saints could use some help at wide receiver. They failed to address the position until the final round of the 2021 NFL Draft, adding Kawaan Baker in the seventh round. Baker is on the practice squad and probably won’t contribute much.

This year, unless the Saints make a blockbuster trade for a big-name receiver, the team has to draft a wide receiver, and doing so in the first round might be the route to go with the lack of talented quarterbacks entering the draft in 2022.

Josh Edwards of CBS Sports has the team doing just that in his recent mock draft, adding Drake London out of USC with their first-round pick (No. 21 overall).

"Drake London has been the most productive wide receiver in college football this season. He is a bigger body that will compliment Michael Thomas in that passing game."

London’s been awesome for the Trojans this year, snagging 64 receptions for 832 yards and five touchdowns through six games. As Edwards noted, he’s ‘the most productive wide receiver in college football this season’ and his numbers prove just that. This is a guy that could really thrive in New Orleans’ offense.

Drake London could take the NOLA Saints’ offense to the next level.

Edwards mentions Michael Thomas in the blurb above and while he’s under contract past 2021, there’s no guarantee he’ll be on this roster next year. That’d put this team in an even bigger hole at wide receiver because they’d be without Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith, who’s hitting free agency at the end of this season and hasn’t done enough to show he deserves to stay in New Orleans.

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London could give the Saints the reliable receiver they’ve been searching for and if they keep Thomas around, they’d easily have their WR1 and WR2 moving forward. This is a pick that would really excite New Orleans and Who Dat Nation because he could be a lot of fun to watch in the NFL.