The New Orleans Saints‘ first two picks in the 2022 NFL Draft come in the first round of the draft. Fans are hoping they use at least one of those picks on a wide receiver as well as an offensive tackle and that’s exactly what Chad Reuter of NFL.com has the team doing.
Reuter put together a list of every team’s ideal top two picks and since the Saints’ first two picks come in the first round, he covered who the team would like to see come to New Orleans.
For pick No. 16, Reuter said the Saints’ ideal selection would be Alabama wide receiver, Jameson Williams. Three picks later, he said the ideal choice would be Mississippi State offensive tackle, Charles Cross. I’d be pretty damn thrilled if NOLA was able to secure both of these guys in round one.
Here’s what Reuter had to say:
"I suspect the Saints will move up to grab one of the top four quarterbacks. Since that move hasn’t happened yet, however, I’ll say for now they address their need for speed at receiver, making Williams a main target even if he does not play early in the 2022 season, coming off a torn ACL. The departure of Terron Armstead also means they are looking for another left tackle, and Cross’ pass-protection skills are excellent."
NOLA Saints’ ideal first two picks are right on the money
I don’t agree that New Orleans is gearing up to move up to nab a quarterback. Maybe if someone is still there at pick 16, they’ll grab one there but right now, this team is just a wide receiver and left tackle away from being a lot more competitive on offense.
Williams’ draft stock might have taken a hit with the injury he sustained in the National Championship game but the Crimson Tide receiver had over 1,570 yards and 15 touchdowns during the 2021 season. He’d be an excellent addition to the Saints’ offense for 2022 and beyond.
Cross could slide into the left tackle spot, which was left vacant by the departure of Terron Armstead. There might be some early-season struggles for Cross as he adjusts to life in the NFL but he’d be a great long-term option for the black and gold.
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What do you think, Saints fans? Would you consider these two players to be the ideal selections for New Orleans in the 2022 NFL Draft?