NFL insider drops interesting hint about Saints' draft plans

How would fans feel if the Saints went this direction?
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These New Orleans Saints have some key areas needing to be addressed in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Without a ton of room to work with, financially, this offseason, the draft becomes that much more important. And, one particular position is becoming more of a glaring need as time goes by.

Offensive tackle is a huge question mark, with Trevor Penning's development not exactly to the level fans were hoping and the health of Ryan Ramczyk being a concern.

In a recent piece written by multiple contributors on ESPN, insider Jordan Reid gave us some insight on what the Saints might do early on in the draft, and it's not going to be exciting. Yet, it would be necessary.

Drafting an offensive tackle might not be the sexy pick, but it sure seems likely for the Saints

"New Orleans should address offensive tackle early, and Olumuyiwa Fashanu and Taliese Fuaga are two names that have constantly been linked to the Saints. I've also heard Patrick Paul (Houston), Kiran Amegadjie (Yale) and Blake Fisher (Notre Dame) as Day 2 and Day 3 offensive tackle prospects who could fit," Reid wrote.

It might not have felt this way, but Derek Carr didn't necessarily finish near the top of the league in sacks absorbed. In fact, he finished in the middle of the league, tied for being sacked the 14th-most in the NFL in 2023 (31 times).

Imagine if the tackle position gets fixed, or at least is improved from a year ago. Should the Saints be able to land a first-round offensive tackle, Carr's life gets a whole lot easier and in a hurry.

Of course, New Orleans might also want to add another offensive playmaker early on. With picks in the first and second round, but none in the third or fourth, it's going to make things difficult on the front office. New Orleans could have to get creative, or lucky, or a bit of both to be frank.

If this team is able to get a starting-quality offensive tackle along with a weapon that could function as a WR2 or even someone like Brock Bowers at tight end, New Orleans' offense will be in much better shape going forward. But, how will the cards fall in a couple of weeks? We can only hope it's in their favor.