The New Orleans Saints choice of Bryan Bresee in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft was a solid, but something about the Saints pick people may not realize.
The New Orleans Saints needed to retool and reload their defense, particularly upfront. They addressed that by taking Bryan Bresee, a defensive tackle out of Clemson, and Saints fans have been quick to point out that their team passed on edge-rusher Nolan Smith out of the University of Georgia.
The defense of the Georgia Bulldogs of the last two years have been one of the greatest defenses we've ever seen in college football, if not THE best. The Saints could have had an athletic freak that rushed the passer from that group in Smith. This is not saying the Saints made a mistake, it's just something fans have taken notice to. There's also this to consider.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded up one spot to the number nine overall pick and took defensive tackle
Jalen Carter from that same group of Bulldogs, who many thought was the best player in the entire Draft, period. This is completely ridiculous, especially considering the defending NFC champion Eagles ALSO ended up with Smith, but that's beside the point.
The Eagles accomplished this with the tenth overall pick the Saints gift-wrapped them.
So essentially, the Saints passed on not one, but two Georgia Bulldogs, and the Eagles got both. Obviously, we don't know how anything is going to work out, but with all the talk about the defenders of the Georgia Bulldogs in the NFL, it's kind of funny that the Saints basically passed on both.
All of that being said, New Orleans Saints fans should still be happy with how the Draft turned out, but we're going to dwell on everything Draft time, it's just the nature of the beast. Let's see how it plays out.