The New Orleans Saints might be forced to draft a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft and this year’s class isn’t the most exciting. One guy who fans might be okay seeing in the black and gold in 2022 and hopefully beyond is Matt Corral of Ole Miss.
Andrew Falce of NFL Spin Zone listed the perfect NFL fit for the top six quarterbacks in this year’s draft class and Corral’s “perfect fit” was New Orleans.
"The best NFL fit I came up with was the Saints. Not known for their aggressive downhill passing attack, Corral should be able to be used in a similar way as he was used in college. He can run a lot of options with Alvin Kamara in the backfield and target Michael Thomas in the short passing game. Offensively adding Corral makes sense.The biggest counter to this has less to do with Corral and more to do with the Saints in general. New Orleans is almost $75 million over the cap right now. This means a slew of veterans are going to be cut and this roster will essentially be gutted. They may just opt to wait a season, tank due to their losses, and start again in 2023."
Falce isn’t correct on his take that the roster will be gutted, as we’ve seen it’s not going to be all that difficult for the Saints to get out of cap hell. With that in mind, Corral does make sense for NOLA here.
New Orleans Saints “perfect fit” for QB Matt Corral
Corral really flew up the draft board after a tremendous season with the Rebels in 2021. He finished his senior campaign throwing for 3,343 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five picks while rushing for 614 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Corral improved on taking care of the football, which is a skill he must have in the pros. He’s probably not someone the Saints would throw to the wolves immediately but as far as his potential in the league goes, he could succeed in the Big Easy if the team actually gives him some weapons.
Falce mentions both Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas but New Orleans has to give Corral more than just those two guys if they want him to succeed in the NFL. Drafting Corral at No. 18 and then adding a wide receiver in the second and maybe third or fourth round as well would go a long way toward helping the Ole Miss product blossom as a pro quarterback.
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