If the NOLA Saints‘ season ended today, where would they be picking in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft? With a 5-7 record and five straight losses under their belt, New Orleans would have a top 15 pick in April’s draft. As of now, they’d be picking 11th overall.
This honestly bodes well for the Saints, as they have a lot of needs on the offensive side of the ball. Wide receiver is obviously a major need for this team whether they have Michael Thomas back in 2022 or not.
In two mock drafts I looked at on Monday, both had the Saints going with a wide receiver at pick No. 11. A mock draft from CBS Sports had NOLA taking Garrett Wilson out of Ohio State and the other mock draft from PFF linked the Saints to Jameson Williams of Alabama. Either pick would have fans leaping for joy.
NOLA Saints would have 11th overall pick if season ended today
Having a selection just outside the top 10 could also bode well for the Saints if they decide to go with a quarterback in round one. With Taysom Hill showing more and more every day that he’s not a starting quarterback, this team needs to strongly consider going with a signal-caller in round one.
This year’s quarterback class isn’t great though but that could honestly work in New Orleans’ favor, as they might have a shot at Matt Corral or Kenny Pickett with the No. 11 pick. Either guy could step in and start from Day 1 and the Saints might find themselves in a great spot when it comes to landing a signal-caller.
With a higher draft pick, the Saints could also use it as leverage when it comes to landing a quarterback or wide receiver via the trade market. Russell Wilson could be available this offseason and if he is, the Seahawks might have a hard time passing on a top 15 pick considering they are without a first-rounder due to their trade for Jamal Adams. Seattle would have a top 10 pick if the season ended today but that pick will be made by the Jets.
It won’t be all bad if New Orleans loses out for the rest of the season. They’ll improve their draft stock, which could help them in a variety of ways.