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7 players New Orleans Saints could have drafted instead of Payton Turner

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Pat Freiermuth (Drafted 55th overall by the Steelers)

Saints fans have realized that Adam Trautman isn’t the answer. For anyone who was still holding out hope that the guy could pan out, his false start penalty on the two-point conversion might be enough for Sean Payton to pull him out of the lineup.

Had the Saints taken Pat Freiermuth of Penn State, however, they’d have had their franchise tight end for years to come. The Nittany Lion has thrived in Pittsburgh, currently boasting 32 receptions for 276 yards and four touchdowns in nine games and five starts with the Steelers.

While the Saints probably weren’t eyeing a tight end in the early rounds due to just having selected Trautman in the third round last year, Freiermuth would have been the best weapon on this offense. He’s stepped into the Steelers offense and competed for targets with some of the better receivers in the league (Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, to name two) and the Steelers have gotten better with Freiermuth in the lineup.

Meanwhile, the Saints’ tight ends can barely hang onto the football when it comes their way. Sigh.