Saints 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: New Orleans trades up for a quarterback

Here is what the 2024 NFL Draft could look like if the New Orleans Saints traded up to select their quarterback of the future.

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Round 5 Pick 149: Roger Rosengarten- Offensive Tackle, Washington

In the fifth round, the Saints select Roger Rosengarten to help create some depth and competition at the offensive tackle position. Rosengarten is an athletic tackle coming out of Washington who could compete for a starting spot while providing much-needed depth.

In two seasons starting, Rosengarten has played a total of 1,948 snaps. In those snaps, he hasn’t allowed a single sack, only five hits, and 27 hurries. Rosengarten has done a good job at protecting the quarterback. He combines his athleticism with his footwork to diminish the opposing pass rush.

At the NFL Combine, Rosengarten ran a 4.92 40-yard dash, which ranked him first among all offensive linemen. He has enough speed to be able to get up to the second level while run-blocking. Rosengarten needs to get significantly stronger but if he can, he has a chance to be a quality NFL tackle.

Round 5 Pick 167: Braiden McGregor- Defensive End, Michigan

At pick 167, the Saints select Michigan defensive end, Braiden McGregor. McGregor fits perfectly into what the Saints prototype has been at the edge rusher position. He is 6-foot-5 and 257 pounds. That is the frame that the Saints have loved at edge rusher.

Last year at Michigan, McGregor totaled five sacks, five hits, 18 hurries, and three batted passes in 415 snaps. That is solid production, especially with the level of competition he faced at Michigan. McGregor ended the year very strong and could carry that momentum with him into the NFL draft and next season.