1 wide receiver the Saints can target in each round of 2022 NFL Draft

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Round 1: Jameson Williams (Alabama)

The Draft Network has Jameson Williams as the best wide receiver in this year’s NFL Draft but that doesn’t mean he’ll be the first wideout off the board. Williams was injured in the National Championship game and while there doesn’t seem to be much worry there, it wouldn’t be shocking if teams passed on him to go with Chris Olave or Garrett Wilson, both of Ohio State.

Speaking of Ohio State, that’s actually where Williams played initially, but he transferred to Alabama for the 2021 season and obviously, he made the right decision. The Crimson Tide wideout finished his one and only season in Tuscaloosa with 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns and averaged 19.9 yards per catch.

It’s not hard to see why the Saints should add Williams, as he’d give them an immediate threat in their offense and it’d be a lot of fun seeing him and Michael Thomas take the top off of defenses.

Round 2: David Bell

If New Orleans decides to pass on taking a wide receiver with their two first-round picks, they still have plenty of options in the second round. David Bell of Purdue is someone the team should be eyeing when the first round wraps up and the second round gets underway.

Bell was asked to do a lot while at Purdue and he didn’t disappoint. He finished his 2021 season with a whopping 93 receptions for 1,286 yards and six touchdowns. The receptions and yards were both career highs for Bell but the touchdown total was actually a career-low for him, as he had eight touchdowns in 2020 and had seven in 2019.

Bell is someone who could become an instant threat in this offense and could make a lot of sense in the Big Easy.