Round , Pick 28- Payton Turner (DE, Houston)
A bit of a surprise selection for New Orleans as most didn’t have a first round grade on Turner. A three year starter for the Cougars, he came off of a shortened season where he tallied up career highs in tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (5). Turner will not be guaranteed a starting spot despite being a first rounder with All-Pro pass rusher Cam Jordan and 2018 14th overall pick Marcus Davenport in front of him.
Round 2, Pick 60- Pete Werner (LB, Ohio State)
Choosing to address a big need at the linebacker position, New Orleans opts for the All-Big Ten, tackling machine out of Ohio State. Werner follows a long line of OSU players drafted to NO since GM Mickey Loomis took over in 2003 (8). I expect to see Werner in the mix for starting snaps early on.
Round 3, Pick 76- Paulson Adebo (CB, Stanford)
An All-Pac 12 defensive back with a nose for the football and some impressive ability to be physical with receivers, will be in the mix to take the CB2 spot opposite Marshon Lattimore.
Round 4, Pick 133- Ian Book (QB, Notre Dame)
After long time QB and almost a certain first ballot Hall of Famer Drew Brees this past offseason and with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill battling for the starting spot. New Orleans drafts the winningest QB in Notre Dame history to be a backup.
Round 6, Pick 206- Landon Young (OT, Kentucky)
A member of a Kentucky unit that were the runners up for the Joe Moore award, which recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line and also earned All-SEC honors, Young will add nice depth to this New Orleans team
Round 7, Pick 255- Kawaan Baker (WR, South Alabama)
The first receiver selected by the Saints in three years will fight for snaps among the rest of the young wideouts on this roster
Overall Grade: D
Key Departures: QB-Drew Brees, DT-Malcom Brown, DE-Trey Hendrickson, CB-Janoris Jenkins, DT-Sheldon Rankins, WR-Emmanuel Sanders, LB-Alex Anzalone, CB-Justin Hardee
Key Additions: WR-Chris Hogan
Losing a Hall of Fame quarterback is never easy to come back from. With that being said, I expect a long rebuild for the Saints. With uncertainty at the QB position and the defense and the receivers, I see New Orleans having a rough time with their opponents this season
Predicted record: 5-12