2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, New Orleans Saints draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach
NFL Draft 2022: New Orleans Saints Draft Analysis
2022 NFL Draft Analysis
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New Orleans Saints Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022
1 (11) WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
1 (19) OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa
2 (49) CB Alontae Taylor, Tennessee
5 (161) LB D’Marco Jackson, Appalachian State
6 (194) DT Jordan Jackson, Air Force
New Orleans Saints Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– It’s not bad considering there were only five picks. The Saints got their wide receiver with Chris Olave at the 11, and they got a great pick with Trevor Penning at the 19 only because offensive tackles dried up as a position soon after. Those were two desperate needs that need to work out.
– They didn’t go quarterback. They had plenty of chances to grab one – they could’ve taken Kenny Pickett at the 19 one spot before Pittsburgh – but this draft makes it clear that they’re set … for now. They had several other shots a QB and didn’t take them.
– There were only three picks before the fifth round. That puts that much more pressure on Tennessee CB Alontae Taylor to work. He’s versatile enough to do a little of anything, but he could be the key to this draft class – he’s realistically it for the D.
New Orleans Saints Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft
Best Value Pick: 1 (19) OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa
Biggest Reach: 6 (194) DT Jordan Jackson, Air Force
Late Flier That Might Work: 5 (161) LB D’Marco Jackson, Appalachian State
New Orleans Saints Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– Let’s be honest here – New Orleans has been awful at this drafting thing lately. It’s been years since it actually nailed a draft pick cold with the last two hauls still very, very questionable. There’s no excuse this season with the 16 and 19 overall to make some noise.
– The Saints need a quarterback. They might have Jameis Winston, and Andy Dalton, and … the Saints need a quarterback. This isn’t the draft for that – next year’s draft is – but they’re in a good spot to help the cause in the secondary, wide receiver, and with a little something for the offensive line.
– So who’ll be there in the first round for New Orleans? The first wave of strong offensive tackles should be over by the time the 16 comes around, but Mississippi State’s Charles Cross might be around if Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning isn’t the call.
They can wait for a receiver until the 19. Getting Ohio State’s Chris Olave would be fantastic with Treylon Burks from Arkansas and Alabama’s Jameson Williams all potential options.
New Orleans Saints 2021 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
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