The Saints are slated to have the No. 18 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, which is good enough to get a decent player but not good enough to get the best player at the important positions.
Hey, this mock draft that I did on Pro Football Network‘s simulator turned out decently for New Orleans, as they landed two key offensive players and continued to build their defense as well with a ferocious defensive tackle.
Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Round 1: Pick 18 – Jameson Williams, WR (Alabama)
It feels like there are three positions the Saints could target in the first round, as of now and that’s wide receiver, offensive line, and quarterback. They could decide to take the best player available but those three positions, at least without knowing what happens in free agency, are the biggest needs for this team.
Fortunately, there are several game-changing wide receivers this season and the Saints should be able to land one of them at pick No. 18. Here, they were able to grab Jameson Williams out of Alabama midway through the first round and fans would be elated if the Crimson Tide receiver was still on the board here.
Williams exploded onto the scene in Tuscaloosa this season, grabbing 75 catches for 1,507 yards and 15 touchdowns through 14 games. This was Williams’ first year with the Tide, as he played the first two years of his collegiate career at Ohio State, which has plenty of wide receiver talent.
The Crimson Tide lost in the title game on Monday night and a big reason why was that Williams went down with an injury early in the matchup. We don’t have an update on his injury status as of this writing but that could majorly impact his draft status.
Even if he’s injured to start his career, Williams would be an excellent addition to the Saints’ offense. He’d give NOLA the elusive wide receiver they need to pair with Michael Thomas and the position would go from a weakness to one of the best duos in the league.