The Sean Payton-led New Orleans Saints have only drafted two LSU players in 16 NFL drafts dating back to 2006. One was defensive tackle, Al Woods, in the fourth round in 2010 and offensive lineman Will Clapp in the seventh round in 2018 was the other one.
In fact, the only LSU players to be selected in the first three rounds of an NFL draft by New Orleans were both second-round picks: RB Dalton Hillard in 1986 and WR Devery Henderson in 2004, both productive members of the NOLA franchise.
Saints fans have been clamoring for their favorite LSU player to be selected by the franchise for years. Could this finally be the year the Saints select an LSU player to wear black and gold?
If so, here are some options for them.
CB Derek Stingley
Prior to the 2021-2022 college football season, Derek Stingley was projected by many to be a surefire top 10 pick. Recent mock drafts had placed him in the mid-first round range given his injury history and lack of consistent availability for LSU.
However, coming off an impressive LSU Pro Day showing where he ran a 4.37 40 time and posted a 38.5″ vertical, Stingley is again being discussed as a high first-round selection.
The Saints seemingly solved their CB2 concerns opposite Marshon Lattimore prior to the 2021-2022 season with the selection of Paulson Adebo, who impressed in his rookie season. The trade for and subsequent contract restructure of Bradley Roby now give the Saints three high-level cornerbacks for the upcoming season.
While CB depth is a need for the later rounds, the Saints have more pressing needs to address with their two first-round selections in the unlikely event Stingley was to be available at pick 16 or 19.
Projected Round – First
Need for Saints if Available Projected Round – Low