Saints draft target No. 1: Michael Mayer, Notre Dame, TE
When Derek Carr was at his best with the Raiders, he was able to utilize Darren Waller as a pass-catching tight end. When the New Orleans Saints were near their best, Drew Brees was able to get the ball to Jimmy Graham, another pass-catching tight end.
That's why it makes sense that so many different mock drafts have New Orleans going after the position and one name that continues to surface is Michael Mayer from Notre Dame. His addition would give Carr a security blanket over the middle of the field plus Mayer is more than capable of playing in line as a blocking tight end.
Of course, not everyone agrees that tight end is the No. 1 need for the Saints but there's no denying they could vastly improve their offense with a legit option at the position. And the real reason Mayer would be the top dream target isn't due to where he plays so much as it would be the comfort they would have in making this move.
Mayer isn't a burner and there's not a lot of "flash" to his game. But he has very few limitations and is as close to a sure thing as any team could find at No. 29.
Having said all of that, there's also a real possibility he's gone before the Saints make their selection at No. 29. But if he's there, he would be a day-one starter and provide an instant return on investment.