Where do the Saints stand in power rankings after the 2024 NFL Draft?

The New Orleans Saints put together a promising class in the 2024 Draft. Is the class strong enough to change the team’s perception heading into the season?
Aug 11, 2023; Metairie, LA, USA;  New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen looks on during
Aug 11, 2023; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen looks on during / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Most NFL teams look significantly different than they did a week ago. Thanks to the NFL Draft, teams were able to add new players to their squad, addressing some major needs. Now, the NFL picture looks completely different. Of course, we don’t know what these players will be in the NFL, but we can speculate.

That’s exactly what people have been doing with power rankings. On-field performance will determine the best teams, but until then, experts are analyzing rosters to figure out who’s the best and who’s the worst. Eric Edholm recently did that in a post-draft power rankings.

The New Orleans Saints, after a 9-8 season, finished last year in the bottom half of power rankings. With a slow free agency, not much changed. However, the Saints had a strong draft. Was it enough to move them up the rankings. Edholm has New Orleans ranked 25th, which isn’t a change from his last ranking. However, the outlook is different.

Saints ranked 25th in post-draft power rankings

Edholm explains that this draft will be remembered by how the first three picks, Taliese Fuaga, Kool-Aid McKinstry, and Spencer Rattler pan out. He highlights that Fuaga and McKinstry have a chance to be impactful early, and says that if Rattler can become a starter sometime down the road, he’d make this class shine.

As far as how they will impact the Saints in 2024, Fuaga will probably be a day-one starter. He has the potential to elevate the offensive line and help restore the run game. With Marshon Lattimore and Paulson Adebo still on the roster, Kool-Aid McKinstry may not be listed as a day-one starter but he will definitely play. With his ability to lineup on the outside and on the inside, he’ll be an important piece in a deep secondary.