New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

2021 NFL Draft

New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, New Orleans Saints draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.


New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Analysis

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New Orleans never seems to quite nail the value on most early picks and it tends to do okay. There were some puzzling whiffs, though, and it starts with Ian Book in the fourth round. Nothing against the Notre Dame quarterback, but the Saints didn’t have a whole lot of draft capital and they took their third-string quarterback who doesn’t have a whole lot of NFL tools.

Houston DE Payton Turner isn’t an insane pick at the 28, but pass rusher wasn’t a desperate need compared to corner. There were a few decent corners still on the board, and they took Turner over a whole slew of edge rushers who went at the end of the first round. However …

They nailed it with Paulson Adebo in the third round. At the very least, they got the value right – for once – on a corner who could’ve gone in the top 50 without blinking. He might be the best of the three defensive players they took – be shocked if they get anything out of the three offensive prospects selected.

Best Value Pick: CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford, 3rd round, 76th overall

Biggest Reach: QB Ian Book, Notre Dame, 4th round, 133rd overall

Late Flier That Could Work: OT Landon Young, Kentucky, 6th round, 206th overall

New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks

1 (28) DE Payton Turner, Houston
2 (60) LB Pete Werner, Ohio State
3 (76) CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford
4 (133) QB Ian Book, Notre Dame
6 (206) OT Landon Young, Kentucky
7 (255) WR Kawaan Baker, South Alabama

Analysis of every 1st round pick

New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis

The Saints only had four picks in last year’s draft, and there wasn’t anything big to come out of it if Cesar Ruiz doesn’t turn into a strong starter on the offensive front or if Zack Baun doesn’t ramp up into a pass rushing star. There’s a whole lot of work to do, and they have the picks to form the foundation.

Lots of teams have a whole lot of picks, but the Saints have four of the top 105 and five of the top 133. They’ve got to get two starters out of that and one difference-maker, even with the first pick not coming until the 28. They need a receiver, and a strong one should be there, but …

They also need a corner. Both positions are strong with a whole lot of depth, so there’s no need to do a whole lot of maneuvering unless there’s one specific guy to target. They should grab at least two receivers among their first five picks.

New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks

1 C/OG Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
3 LB Zack Baun, Wisconsin
3 TE Adam Trautman, Dayton
7 QB Tommy Stevens, Mississippi State

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