The NOLA Saints might be forced to draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, it’s not a great quarterback draft class, and options are limited. These eight teams are also looking for a first-round signal-caller and could prevent the Saints from finding their franchise guy.
New Orleans currently holds the No. 18 overall pick and franchise guys typically don’t fall that far. They might have to trade up or just really keep their fingers crossed that these teams don’t pluck a guy off the draft board before they even have a chance to dream about seeing the signal-caller in black and gold.
We’ll list these teams in the order in which they’re drafting.
Detroit Lions (No. 2 overall)
Jared Goff is under contract through the 2024 season but the Lions could get out of his contract after this upcoming season. That means the Lions could eye a quarterback in the draft and if so, they’d have their pick of the litter, as they hold the second overall pick and we know the Jaguars aren’t taking a signal-caller at No. 1 overall.
If Detroit doesn’t grab a quarterback early on, they also hold the Rams’ first-round pick (which came from the Goff trade) so they could also make a move later on in round one if there’s a quarterback they like still on the board.
Detroit has bigger problems than at quarterback so Goff is probably going to be who they stick with but you can’t rule out the possibilities of them drafting his eventual successor.