The New Orleans Saints have no excuse in 2022. They must improve their offense, and they have an impressive haul of early picks (No. 16, No. 19, and No. 49) to do so.
Quarterback, wide receiver, and offensive tackle are the positions to watch this year, with safety also considered a minor need after Marcus Williams’ departure.
NOLA can wait until the third or fourth rounds to boost the secondary though. These first three picks are all about helping Jameis Winston be the best quarterback he can be so the offense won’t be so painful to watch this year. The post-Brees era never really got off to a solid start, but with these young offensive reinforcements the Saints should come barreling out of the gate stronger and more confident than ever.
In my mock draft generated by The Draft Network, the top-10 carried a few surprises. The Detroit Lions nabbed Liberty quarterback Malik Willis with the second overall pick while Oregon star pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux fell out of the top-five.
No trades were made, though, as the Saints mostly got what they wanted at each pick.
Here’s how they fared in the first round: