5 bold predictions for the New Orleans Saints in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Randy Gurzi
Saints bold prediction No. 3: Multiple defensive tackles get selected
This offseason wasn't kind to the Saints' defensive line. They lost Marcus Davenport, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings. In addition to losing the young defensive end, they saw both of their starting defensive tackles walk in free agency — although they both stayed in the NFC South.
David Onyemata left for the Atlanta Falcons on a three-year, $35 million deal and Shy Tuttle joined the Carolina Panthers after agreeing to a three-year contract worth $19.5 million. So far, the only additions at defensive tackle have been Khalen Saunders from the Kansas City Chiefs and Nathan Shepherd from the New York Jets.
Both can start if needed but the Saints would be smart to bring in not only depth players but at least one rookie that can challenge for a starting job. With that being the case, look for them to use one of their day two picks on a defensive tackle they believe can start if needed.
With the losses they suffered, don't expect that to be the end for their D-tackle additions. A day-three pick is added as well in this bold prediction as New Orleans begins to rebuild their depth.
Potential picks: Keeanu Benton (Wisconsin), Keondre Coburn (Texas), Moro Ojomo (Texas), Mazi Smith (Michigan), Zacch Pickens (South Carolina), Gervon Dexter, Sr. (Florida)