3 players who are out of Saints draft range after narrowly missing playoffs

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1. Garrett Wilson

This year’s wide receiver draft class consists of some really good playmakers and the Saints would be lucky to land any of the big six that have been consistently marked as first-round prospects.

Unfortunately for them, they probably don’t have a realistic shot at Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson, who is mocked anywhere from the top five to the top 10. Wilson had 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season and did so with guys like Chris Olave, Jeremy Ruckert, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba also competing for targets on his team.

The Saints absolutely have to address the wide receiver position this offseason after failing to do so a year ago. Michael Thomas should hopefully return fully healthy this year but the team should have realized they can’t solely depend on him to be their primary playmaker.

Wilson would give the Saints a No. 2 option for the foreseeable future but he’s not going to be on the board when it’s their turn to draft in round one. Fortunately for them, they should still be able to land someone like Olave, Jameson Williams, Treylon Burke, Drake London, or Jahar Dotson.

Had the Saints ended the season just outside the top 10 when it comes to draft picks, they could have potentially drafted Wilson but at pick 18, that’s probably not happening.

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These three players would have made New Orleans a better team in 2022 and checked off their biggest needs. It’s a shame that they’ll be long gone by the time NOLA is on the clock.