5 New Orleans Saints who are certified building blocks for the future

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  • Chris Olave has yet to reach his true potential
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3. Bryan Bresee, Defensive Tackle

When looking simply at the numbers, Bryan Bresee won't blow anyone away. The Clemson product had 51 tackles in three seasons with nine sacks. In his final campaign, he had just 15 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Still, he was considered a consensus first-round pick and the Saints were able to land him with the 29th overall selection. His addition can be huge since they just lost David Onyemata and Shy Tuttle in free agency.

While Bresee isn't expected to start as a rookie with Khalen Saunders and Nathan Shepherd signed to the roster in free agency, he's going to see the field a lot as a pass-rusher on third downs.

The top recruit in the nation back in 2020, Bresee went to the NFL Scouting Combine and showed why teams were so interested in him. He ran a 4.86 in the 40-yard dash and had one of the highest overall athleticism scores among defensive tackles — while also measuring 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds.

If the Saints can turn that raw power and athleticism into a refined player, Bresee will be a force on their defensive line. Pair him with fellow rookie Isaiah Foskey and they could end up with one of the top defensive lines in the game for years to come.