The New Orleans Saints have a plethora of needs to address this offseason and while wide receiver has been a glaring one for the past few years, several mock drafts being released in recent weeks have them going in another direction. Quarterback is also a need and Matt Corral continues to land with the Saints in these mocks.
The most recent to do so was Todd McShay of ESPN who had NOLA grabbing Corral in his second mock draft for 2022. The reasoning was the same as it is for anyone else who has New Orleans taking a quarterback — The team doesn’t have many other options.
Taysom Hill finished the year with an injury, Ian Book was horrific in his lone NFL start, and Blake Bortles is most known for being Jason Mendoza’s favorite quarterback, not for anything he’s done on the field. Those aren’t great options for a team that has a really good defense and could be a Super Bowl contender with an above-average quarterback.
Could Matt Corral be the future Saints franchise quarterback?
While I’d agree that none of the prospects in this quarterback draft class are ready to start in Week 1 of the 2022 season, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth drafting. Corral, in particular, is someone who could really thrive with this team if given the chance.
McShay paired Corral with the Saints because of his ability to get the ball down the field and to be able to take off and run with the football when needed. He’s a tough player but injuries are something to monitor for sure, as he left the Sugar Bowl with an injury and that was only a month ago.
There’s plenty of reason to believe that Corral could succeed in New Orleans. Had Sean Payton been the head coach still, I’d have absolutely loved this pick because of what the two could have done for each other.
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Dennis Allen did draft Derek Carr though, for what it’s worth so he does have an eye for good quarterback play. Fingers crossed that if the Saints do go with Corral, he pans out and we don’t have to search for a new quarterback again for another 15 years.