The New Orleans Saints enter this year’s draft as one of the most well-rounded teams in the league. But adding new players from the draft won’t hurt. They have just about every position filled with both amazing starters and solid depth. But there are some spots they would like to fill even more to secure their team even more. With that being said, let’s get into the first need for the New Orleans Saints to address in the 2020 NFL draft.
With the loss of AJ Klein and players like Alex Anzalone getting injured all the time, this position is a must grab early for the Saints. And with three of their linebackers (2 starters) coming back from season-ending injuries, that makes this position even more important for the team.
Patrick Queen – LSU
Queen was a big part of the national championship team that went undefeated in both season and postseason. He has an act for knowing where the ball is and is an excellent linebacker to have. He is the type of player that can disrupt any play if he gets the chance. In 2019 Queen snagged 85 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, and one interception. Definitely a player to look at early for the Saints.
Kenneth Murray – Oklahoma
Murray is another example of a player who always has an act for knowing where the ball is. In 2019 Murray had 102 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, four sacks, and four passes defended. He is going to definitely get picked up in the first round so if the Saints want to get some coverage for the position they need the most, Murray should most likely be the player they look to grab at pick 24.
Offensive line is probably the most important position because if a team doesn’t have a sold line, they will have no run game, and the QB will not be able to set up in the pocket and find a receiver to throw to.
Austin Jackson – USC
Standing at 6’6 310 pounds, Jackson is a very skilled tackle who looks to get drafted in the first two rounds. He has a good football IQ and can easily develop into one of the better players in the league at his position. Jackson looks to help his team just likes he looks to help his family, in any way he possibly can. He seems like a great option if the Saints can get a second-round pick and he falls to day two of this year’s draft.
Prince Tega Wanagho – Auburn
Prince Tega Wanagho is a player the saints should have as a back pocket option in the first round. If they can’t get a position of need, he would be a nice player to have as depth until they can get him as a starter. He has the ability to move around on the line, which the Saints love to have at their disposal. Tega Wanagho plays tackle which is nice if Terron Armstead gets injured again. But can also play guard if Andrus Peat gets injured.
With the Saints only having four main cornerbacks, this is another big-time position to be filled. And adding that depth will make an already insane secondary even more fearsome next year.
A.J. Terrell – Clemson
Terrell is a very talented player being on the runner-up team in the NCAA. He looks to go in round one, but if he falls to round two, the Saints should look to acquire a second-round pick and draft him. Terrell finished 2019 with 39 combined tackles, two interceptions, and half a sack. Being a part of Clemson will boost his draft stock, but the Saints should look to get him in a later round if possible.
Trevon Diggs – Alabama
Diggs is already a somewhat popular name with Stefon up in Buffalo. But enter his brother who would play opposite him at cornerback. Trevon Diggs has the right height, weight, and length to be an elite corner in the NFL. He just needs the right coaching to help him develop into one. He finished the year off with 37 total tackles, three interceptions, and one touchdown. Another back pocket player for the Saints in the first round if they don’t see what they like at 24.
With the Saints having only 5 picks in this year’s draft, it looks like they should try to trade back and get more draft capital to use and to help solidify their super bowl run. The Saints have led their division the past three years. And are looking to do it again with a new team on paper. But are looking to the finish line come February.
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