For more than a decade, the New Orleans Saints were one of the best teams in the NFL. The combination of Sean Payton as head coach and Drew Brees at quarterback was enough for them to believe they could contend year in and year out.
With both no longer a part of the franchise, the Saints are trying to build a roster that can compete now while also keeping an eye on the future.
With that being the case, here are five players they've added who are certified building blocks for the future.
5. Kendre Miller, Running Back
Even with Alvin Kamara still on the roster, New Orleans went out and signed Jamaal Williams. A former Green Bay Packer, Williams had a breakout season in 2022 with the Detroit Lions. He ran for 1,066 yards with 17 touchdowns and could give them a one-two punch similar to what they had with Kamara and Mark Ingram a few years ago.
While this could be great for the 2023 campaign, the Saints are also looking toward the future. With the understanding that Williams is already 28 and Kamara will turn that age in late July, New Orleans decided to use the 71st pick in the draft on TCU's Kendre Miller.
In 2022, Miller put up some monstrous numbers, gaining 1,399 yards with 17 touchdowns for the Horned Frogs. He was one of the top backs in this class and while he enters this season as the third option on the depth chart, it won't be long before they feel comfortable with him handling the heavy lifting.