For nearly a decade, the NOLA Saints have competed for championships. Despite their shortcomings, the franchise as a whole was always considered a true contender. That said, after one full year of erratic play and an offseason filled with unexpected twists and turns, the Saints find themselves in rebuild mode.
The downfall of the Saints began with the retirement of Drew Brees following the 2020 season. While the franchise attempted to fix their quarterback position with duct tape and super glue, the likes of Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, Ian Book, and Trevor Siemian – simply couldn’t get it done.
To make matters worse, their immensely talented wide receiver Michael Thomas, has failed to play a single game this past season. Still, head coach Sean Payton managed to claw his way to a 9-8 record. Now, with their lead man for the past 16 years officially waving goodbye, the Saints will need to start from the ground up.
Trevor Penning should be high on NOLA Saints draft board
With the NFL Draft just a few months away, the Saints have been linked to offensive linemen Trevor Penning out of Northern Iowa. Don’t let the small school fool you, Penning was one of the best OTs in all of college football last season. He was the only offensive lineman selected as a top contender for the Walter Payton award. In addition to that, Payton was an All-American and anchored one of the best offensive linemen units in the country.
For the Saints, they were below average in that department. According to ProFootballFocus, the Saints had the 18th best unit in the league. Ultimately, their problem stemmed from inconsistency. They used 13 different units and could benefit from a more stable and calming presence.
The Saints have no head coach, no quarterback, and it’s unclear if Michael Thomas will return to his dominant ways. A rebuild is inevitable. In order to start that process the right way, the Saints should rebuild their offensive line. Payton would be the perfect building block.