2021 NFL Team Draft Page

New Orleans Saints



NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TEAM NEEDS
Most recent team needs update: TEAM

Starter Need High (P1, P2)
WR
CB

Starter Need Medium (P3)
NT
DL3T
ILB

Mid Round Fill High (P5)
OT
TE
EDGE
SFTY

Depth Fill (P4)
QB
RBC
WRS
OLB

Late Round Fill (P6)
RB
OG
OC

Minimal Need (P9)
DL5T


SAINTS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: Draft
Most recent mock draft update: 5/1/2021

R1
28
New Orleans
Payton Turner
Houston
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-31
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
270
Payton Turner NFL Draft photo
I'm not crazy about this pick. The Saints had their pick of linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoa, multiple WR options, OT Trevon Jenkins, and (our latest pick) CB Asante Samuels Jr. Payton Turner is one of those guys who saw his stock rise at the later hours of the draft process, which is not exactly the thing one wants on a resume. (Daniel Jeremiah bumped him up to pick 42.) To his credit, Turner recorded 25 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and five sacks in just five games played for the Cougars last season. He does have great size and agility. I just did not see this as a postion of need.

Trey Hendrickson, who benefited from playing opposite Cameron Jordan, signed a four-year, $60 million deal with the Bengals. GM Mickey obviously made Turner a priority as his replacement. I felt there were better options to fill - CB, WR, or OT. Our DraftTek Big Board Analyst struggled to find room to fit Turner in or top 100 board.

~NOBudMan, Saints Analyst

Grade: D
R2
60
New Orleans
Pete Werner
Ohio State
ILB
Reach/Value:
-40
Height:
6'3''
Weight:
239
Pete Werner NFL Draft photo
Pete Werner is an instinctive, hard-working LB who excels at covering TEs in pass coverage and has the speed to stay downfield with faster RBs. The 3-year starter for the Buckeyes crushed it at his Pro Day, running a 4.58. He finished his career at Ohio State with 185 total tackles, 16 for a loss, including 4 QB sacks, and 4 force fumbles.

The Saints have made valiant effort in the past to fix their LB needs. Last season the team added Kwon Alexander just before the trade deadline. Unfortunately, the $13 million LB tore his Achilles shortly after the ink dried. He is now looking for a new team.

Grade: B-
R3
76
New Orleans (Trade)
Paulson Adebo
Stanford
CB
Reach/Value:
-16
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
190
Paulson Adebo NFL Draft photo
NO g NYG t DEN (Draft Trade)
Paulson Adebo is another player who opted out in 2020. He probably would have contended for RD1 pick. He will now man the position vacated by Janoris Jenkins, now a Titan. The 3-year starter at Stanford, Adebo exploded on the scene his freshman year when he led the nation with 24 pass breakups, and his popularity in the Bay Area only gained traction. He has great size and speed; he ran a 6.69 three-cone that would put him in the 94th percentile for CBs, ran a 4.45 forty-yard dash, a 36.5-inch vertical, and a 121-inch broad jump.

Grade: B+
R4
133
New Orleans
Ian Book
Notre Dame
QB
Reach/Value:
-69
Height:
6'0''
Weight:
206
Ian Book NFL Draft photo
R6
206
New Orleans
Landon Young
Kentucky
OT
Reach/Value:
-26
Height:
6'7''
Weight:
321
Landon Young NFL Draft photo
R7
255
New Orleans
Kawaan Baker
South Alabama
WR
Reach/Value:
-99
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
210
Kawaan Baker NFL Draft photo


SAINTS HISTORICAL DRAFT PICKS

Reach/Value (R/V) Explained
The difference between where a player is selected in the NFL draft versus where the player was listed on the final Drafttek Big Board for the season in question.
Example: A player who was listed at #50 on the Big Board and was selected at #35 will be a "Reach" of -15. Alternately, a player listed at #35 on the Big Board who was selected at #50 is a +15 "Value".

Simply put: a positive number is a Value pick, a negative number is a Reach.

YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2020 1 24 Cesar Ruiz Michigan OC Reach -11
2020 3 74 Zack Baun Wisconsin OLB Value +35
2020 3 105 Adam Trautman Dayton TE Reach -23
2020 7 240 Tommy Stevens Mississippi State QB Reach -114
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2019 2 48 Erik McCoy Texas A&M OC Value +6
2019 4 105 C Gardner-Johnson Florida S Value +85
2019 6 177 Saquan Hampton Rutgers S Reach -22
2019 7 231 Alize Mack Notre Dame TE Value +14
2019 7 244 Kaden Elliss Idaho LB Reach -49
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2018 1 14 Marcus Davenport UTSA EDGE Value +0
2018 3 91 Tre'Quan Smith UCF WR Reach -2
2018 4 127 Rick Leonard Florida St OT Reach -111
2018 5 164 Natrell Jamerson Wisonsin S Reach -146
2018 6 189 Kamrin Moore Boston College CB Reach -126
2018 6 201 Boston Scott LA Tech RB Reach -124
2018 7 245 Will Clapp LSU OG Reach -12
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2017 1 11 Marshon Lattimore Ohio St CB Value +5
2017 1 32 Ryan Ramczyk Wisconsin OT Value +13
2017 2 42 Marcus Williams Utah S Reach -2
2017 3 67 Alvin Kamara Tennessee RBF Value +5
2017 3 76 Alex Anzalone Florida OLB Reach -14
2017 3 103 Trey Hendrickson Florida Atlantic EDGE Reach -58
2017 6 196 Al-Quadin Muhammad Miami (FL) DE Value +3
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2016 1 12 Sheldon Rankins Louisville DL5T Reach -1
2016 2 47 Michael Thomas Ohio State WR Reach -4
2016 2 61 Vonn Bell Ohio State S Value +5
2016 4 120 David Onyemata Manitoba DL1T Reach -317
2016 7 237 Daniel Lasco California RB Value +50
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2015 1 13 Andrus Peat Stanford OT Reach -11
2015 1 31 Stephone Anthony Clemson ILB Reach -21
2015 2 44 Hau'oli Kikaha Washington EDGE Reach -36
2015 3 75 Garrett Grayson Colorado State QB Reach -43
2015 3 78 P.J. Williams Florida St CB Value +27
2015 5 148 Davis Tull UT-Chattanooga EDGE Value +31
2015 5 154 Tyeler Davison Fresno St DL3T Reach -104
2015 5 167 Damian Swann Georgia CB Reach -122
2015 6 187 Evan Spencer Ohio State WR Reach -192
2015 7 230 Marcus Murphy Missouri RB Value +15
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2014 1 20 Brandin Cooks Oregon State WR Reach -2
2014 2 58 Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska CB Reach -42
2014 4 126 Khairi Fortt California EDGE Reach -47
2014 5 167 Vinnie Sunseri Alabama S Reach -72
2014 5 169 Ronald Powell Florida EDGE Value +23
2014 6 202 Tavon Rooks Kansas State OT Reach -68