Saints rookie Bub Means is expected to be a much better receiver in the NFL than he was in college

The New Orleans Saints selected Bub Means in the fifth round of the 2024 NFL Draft, and the rookie receiver is currently being viewed as a sleeper weapon.
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The New Orleans Saints opened their 2024 NFL Draft with three really good selections that got analysts and fans excited. New Orleans took Taliese Fuaga in the first round, addressing a massive need on the offensive line, selected Kool-Aid McKinstry in the second round, adding an elite prospect to an already talented secondary, and added Spencer Rattler in the fifth round, a talented quarterback who could eventually be the guy in New Orleans.

While all three have received most of the headlines, the next player that the Saints selected in the draft is generating his own buzz as a great sleeper pick. Wide receiver Bub Means, who was also selected in the fifth round, has had some favorable statements made about him since being drafted by the Saints.

Following the draft, NFL analysts Greg Cosell and Doug Farrar talked about what they saw when watching Bub Means in college. Their biggest takeaway was that he’s going to be much better in the NFL than he was in college.

Bub Means has what it takes to be a good NFL receiver

Both Cosell and Farrar applauded Means for putting up 41 catches for 721 yards and six touchdowns last season with subpar quarterback play. They both argued that playing with better quarterbacks, alone, would lead to better production for Means.

Beyond who’s throwing him the ball, Cosell explained that after watching Means, he simply said, “that guy looks like an NFL receiver.” Cosell said that Means runs well, has large hands, excellent size, and executes a lot of the things necessary to be good at receiver in the NFL. With his skillset, Cosell believes that Means can carve out a role for himself with the Saints.

Farrar got to speak with Means at the scouting combine, and he was impressed how “relentlessly excited about football” Means is. From talking about plays to his competitiveness, Farrar was certain that teams were impressed by Means in interviews.

Now, he’s with a New Orleans team where Chris Olave is the clear No. 1, and Rashid Shaheed is expected to be the No. 2, but the depth chart is wide open after that. Means could establish himself as a consistent weapon for the Saints as a rookie.