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8 wide receivers the Saints missed out on drafting the past 2 years

Tre'Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)
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Saints could have had late-round gem with Travis Fulgham in 2019

New Orleans did well with their first two selections in the 2019 NFL Draft, taking Erik McCoy in the second round and C.J. Gardner-Johnson in the fourth round. With those two players panning out for the organization, I didn’t look at the receivers around there.

What I did do, however, was look further in the 2019 draft and one player, in particular, could have really helped this offense, especially in these downtimes. Travis Fulgham went in the sixth round that year and didn’t do anything as a rookie in 2019 with the Lions (the franchise that drafted him).

In 2020, however, Fulgham was a member of the Eagles and played incredibly well. He finished that season with 38 receptions for 539 yards and four touchdowns through 13 games and eight starts.

The Eagles haven’t called Fulgham up this year and Who Dat Dish’s Kristen Wong actually discussed how the Saints should snag the Old Dominion product off the Eagles’ practice squad earlier this season. He’d have been able to make some noise for this lackluster offense.

He could have been a member of this team but NOLA went with Saquan Hamilton instead, who appeared in five games during his only season with the franchise.

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Any of these wide receivers could have greatly helped the New Orleans Saints but they went in another direction and didn’t select these guys in the draft despite having every opportunity to.