NOLA Saints land QB Matt Corral in Pro Football Network mock draft

Matt Corral (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Matt Corral (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The NOLA Saints have a few different needs to address in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft with quarterback being one of them. The black and gold started four different quarterbacks in 2021 and none of them are shoe-ins as the future at the position for the organization.

James Fragoza of Pro Football Network has New Orleans finding their next franchise quarterback in his latest mock draft, landing Ole Miss product Matt Corral with the No. 18 overall pick.

Here’s what Fragoza had to say:

"A match made in Heaven, the Saints and Sean Payton land Matt Corral in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Jameis Winston could return on a cheap, short-term deal, but he isn’t the future in New Orleans. Payton could get the most out of Corral from Day 1, instantly shifting the fortunes of the franchise."

What was said about Winston here is something Saints fans seem to forget — He’s a free agent this offseason. Yes, it feels like a return could definitely happen, it’s not a guarantee. If Corral falls to the Saints in the first round, it’d be hard to pass him up.

Matt Corral to the NOLA Saints?

The 2021 season was an impressive one for Corral. Under Lane Kiffin, the Rebel quarterback threw for 3,343 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions while rushing for 614 yards and a whopping 11 touchdowns with his legs. He did this damage in 13 games.

Corral was injured in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day but it was reported to be an ankle sprain and shouldn’t hurt his draft stock too much.

With this year’s quarterback draft class not looking all that impressive, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Corral fall to the Saints but it also wouldn’t be surprising if he went in the top 10 due to the importance of the position.

New Orleans would be a good landing spot for Corral though. He’d have a great head coach in Sean Payton guiding him, a terrific running back to hand off to in Alvin Kamara, an offensive line that — when healthy — is one of the best there is, and the defense is fantastic.

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Matt Corral would fit right in with the Saints.