The NOLA Saints aren't in a great spot right now. While no one expected them to be a Super Bowl contender by any means, they've been a disappointment through four games, sitting at 1-3, and the offense looking lackluster.
To make matters worse, the Saints won't be able to benefit off of their difficult campaign, assuming things stay this way, because they traded their first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Oof.
While we're still over six months away from the 2023 NFL Draft that's slated to take place in Kansas City, it's never too early to start thinking about what could happen there. New Orleans clearly needs a quarterback, as Jameis Winston has struggled (though maybe when he gets healthier, things are different) and Andy Dalton isn't the answer moving forward.
NOLA Saints might be able to land a QB in second-round
Again, we're still six months out from the draft and a lot can happen between now and then but for funzies, I did two mock drafts and different sites and was able to draft a quarterback for the Saints in each one.
First up was the Pro Football Network mock draft simulator, where in the second round with their first pick, the Saints selected Spencer Rattler of South Carolina. Rattler originally played at Oklahoma but transferred in the offseason. Entering the 2021 season at Oklahoma, Rattler was well-thought-of and many felt he could have been the No. 1 overall pick in 2022 but that narrative vanished after he was benched midway through the Sooners' season.
As of this writing, Rattler has thrown for 1,121 yards, four touchdowns, and seven picks while rushing for another touchdown. His stats aren't great but it's worth noting that the talent level at South Carolina is a step down from Oklahoma.
The other mock draft I did was on Pro Football Focus, where the Saints were able to land Kentucky quarterback Will Levis in the second round. Levis is a lot of fun to watch and, as of this writing, has thrown for 1,405 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions and has another two rushing scores.
Levis is someone who could definitely see his stock rise as the college football season progresses but if he's still on the board in the second round, it'd be hard for the Saints to pass up on him. I'd much rather have Levis than Rattler but there's absolutely potential there with Rattler.
What do you think about these two prospects, Saints fans?