Round 6: Pick 214 – Jaivon Heiligh, WR (Coastal Carolina)
The Saints need to load up at wide receiver and Jaivon Heiligh is the third one they select in this draft. The Chanticleer wideout is coming off two dominant seasons in Conway, just narrowly missing the 1,000-yard mark in 2020 (two yards shy) but finding the end zone 10 times.
In 2021, Heiligh continued to impress, grabbing 66 receptions for 1,128 yards and seven touchdowns. He blew past the 1,000-yard mark this time around but had three fewer touchdowns than the season before.
Something to keep in mind with anyone from Coastal Carolina is that they played in the Sun Belt Conference, so the defenses were weaker. Stats are stats though. Heiligh would be a lot of fun in this Saints offense if they could find the right quarterback to throw to him.
Round 7: Pick 236 – Ali Fayad, EDGE (Western Michigan)
Speaking of Group of 5 players, Ali Fayad is the final pick of the mock draft for New Orleans. The EDGE from Western Michigan was a monster in the pass-rushing department last season, notching 12 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss (he had 39 total tackles on the year).
By the seventh round, teams are just hoping that who they find sticks and can make an impact somewhere on the roster. Fayad is someone who could look like an absolute steal down the line.
With Sean Payton out the door, the Saints’ new coaching staff has to do what they can to ensure this offense improves in 2022 and beyond. They do what they can in that department by adding three receivers in the draft and finding their hopeful quarterback of the future.
How would you feel if the Saints’ draft played out this way?