New Orleans Saints: 2018 NFL Draft Options At Pick No. 27
The New Orleans Saints have options at No. 27 in the 2018 NFL Draft after their NFC South Division win a year ago. Who Dat Nation probably can’t help but feel a little disappointed. After one of the worst ever tackling attempts by safety Marcus Williams, the Saints lost in the Divisional Round to Minnesota on the last play of the game. The proverbial window is closing in NOLA. Quarterback Drew Brees is approaching 40-years of age and with no heir apparent on board, the Saints will soon fade away in the NFC. With that being said, let’s look at the options available to them in the back-end of the first round.
Five Players For The Saints To Pick At 27
- MIKE GESICKI, TE, PENN STATE OR DALLAS GOEDERT, TE, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
I lump both of these prospects together because they both play similar styles and would fit the Sean Payton offense like a glove. Goedert is a better blocker while Gesicki is a better athlete. Both could give the Saints’ offense what has been missing since they traded away Jimmy Graham a few years ago. I have mocked a tight end to New Orleans in nearly every mock draft I have done to this point.
Mike Thomas is the go-to wide receiver in the Saints offense, and at this point, RB Alvin Kamara may be the No. 2 target. Kirk can be both an upgrade at receiver and the return game for the aging Ted Ginn.
Remember that trade of Jimmy Graham we talked about earlier? The big piece that came to New Orleans was center, Max Unger. Unger, when healthy, has solidified the Saints’ interior offensive line. He has battled injuries, however, if he’s released after this season, it would save the Saints nearly $7 million in cap space. I admit this would be a luxury pick, but the Saints could get the premier center in this draft and have a piece in place for their inevitable rebuild.
- MASON RUDOLPH, QB, OKLAHOMA STATE
The New Orleans current QB depth chart behind Drew Brees consists of a free agent signing in Tom Savage (who is terrible) and Taysom Hill. Hill most notably will be 28 this season and was playing special teams a year ago. Needless to say, this is not exactly making me feel great about the Saints’ future at the position. Ideally, the player I would love to see fall to the Pride of Louisiana is Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, but I think he will be long gone. Rudolph is a big-bodied, big arm passer, who is accurate and generally makes good decisions. He could be a nice fit if they miss out on Jackson. If they draft him at 27, they would also get an extra, relatively cheap fifth season on his contract.
- TRADE DOWN
The Saints do not have a second round pick because of the trade up for Kamara a year ago. A trade back into the top portion of round two would be beneficial to helping them fill more needs by acquiring an extra pick or two in the mid-rounds.
What do you think about these choices for the Saints? Let us know in the comments!