Saints projected to land an explosive Louisiana product in 2024 mock draft

The New Orleans Saints could use their first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft on a talented player that was born and raised in the state of Louisiana.

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Barring a trade, the New Orleans Saints will make their first selection of the 2024 NFL Draft with the 14th-overall pick. While picking at 14 is a result of the team’s underwhelming 9-8 season where these missed the playoffs, it’s a great spot to be at in the draft. The Saints will be in position to choose from several top prospects and will also have the ability to trade up or back.

Entering draft season, the expectation is that New Orleans will be picking between an offensive linemen, a receiver, or an edge player. All three are positions of need that the Saints can address at No. 14. Bleacher Report, in a recent mock draft, believes New Orleans will lean towards selecting a receiver.

BR’s scouting department predicted that LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers would land in New Orleans at pick 14.

Saints draft wide receiver Malik Nabers in recent mock draft

Nabers was born in Youngsville, Louisiana and attended Ovey Comeaux High School in Lafayette before transferring to Southside High School in Youngsville. He eventually went on to have a great collegiate career at LSU. Ending up with the Saints for the next step of his career would be the perfect Louisiana story.

It would be more than just a nice story, though. Malik Nabers is a baller and could have an immediate impact on the Saints offense. Bleacher Report made it clear that if Nabers is available at No. 14, New Orleans would be estactic because he’s a top-10 talent. However, other teams having different needs could lead to Nabers being available for the Saints.

In three seasons with the LSU Tigers, Malik Nabers caught 189 passes for 3,003 and 21 touchdowns. He can absolutely fly and he’s special with the ball in his hands. Adding him to the Saints offense would give the unit a level of explosiveness that it has been lacking. If he is available when New Orleans is on the clock, the team should definitely draft him.