1. Jaquan Brisker
The best possible option to replace Marcus Williams is Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker, who the Saints might be able to get in the second round if they’re lucky.
With Kyle Hamilton in this draft (and I didn’t include him because there’s no shot he falls to No. 18 or that the Saints trade up to the top five picks to take him), Brisker is the No. 2 option at the safety position. The Draft Network makes sure to mention that were it not for Hamilton, Brisker would be the top safety but that’s the way things go sometimes.
Brisker might not be the best safety, but he’s one of the best and that’s all that matters here. He’s someone who projects as a starting free safety so he could slide into Williams’ old role and then some.
Last week I did an article where I discussed the safest picks for New Orleans in the 2022 NFL Draft and Brisker was on that list. Not only does he fill a position of need but he feels like a prospect that’s going to shine no matter where he ends up due to everything he can contribute.
Brisker might be off the board when the Saints go to pick in the second round but they’d likely be able to get him in round one. The question is, do they put more of an emphasis on the safety spot in the first round than wide receiver or offensive line?
If they’re going to go with Brisker, they likely won’t regret it.
While Saints fans would love for Marcus Williams to re-sign, we have to consider what a future will look like without him. Any of these three safeties could replace him in 2022 and Hill and Brisker could be the replacement for the next four or five years.