3 tantalizing prospects Saints must avoid in 2022 NFL Draft

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Don’t call it a rebuilding era, but the New Orleans Saints hold some serious ammo with two first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Saints-Eagles draft picks trade suggests the Saints have their eyes on some highly coveted first round targets as they hold the 16th and 19th overall selections. Off the top of our heads, we can think of quite a few prospects worth taking early: Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson, Mississippi State’s Charles Cross, or Georgia’s Jordan Davis.

That being said, there are many, many ways this draft could blow up in NOLA’s face, especially if they were to spend one or both of their first-rounders on certain overrated players.

A long line of failures and disappointments litter the path of the Saints’ early round draft history, with defensive end Marcus Davenport perhaps the most recent player about to join the list.

As with every draft, the gems, home runs, absolute steals are all there, hidden in the teeming crowd of eager, doe-eyed recruits. But so are the busts, the Blake Bortles, the much-too-hyped-up rookies who will never fully achieve their “potential.”

We’ve thoughtfully compiled a short list of players who, on paper, appear to be top-caliber additions to the Saints but could alternatively implode by Year 1. Remember, all that glitters is not gold.

Here are three tantalizing prospects who the Saints should avoid in 2022.