The Saints are looking for answers to their continued offensive success in 2021, and that starts with two of the most important positions in the game: quarterback and wide receiver.
Drew Brees is about to retire, which means coach Sean Payton will likely want to add a few pieces to the quarterback room outside of projected starter Taysom Hill and backup Jameis Winston. Also missing is Emmanuel Sanders, the team’s second leading receiver in 2020.
But the Saints also have important needs in the defensive secondary and on the line of scrimmage. Whether they select at those positions, or elsewhere, depends on who is available and where in the draft.
Here’s the full rundown of the Saints’ 2021 NFL Draft picks:
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Saints draft picks in 2021: When do you pick New Orleans?
- Round 1, Pick No. 28
- Round 2, Pick No. 60
- Round 3, pick No. 98
- Round 3, pick No. 105
- Round 4, Pick No. 133
- Round 6, Pick No. 118
- Round 7, Pick No. 229
- Round 7, Pick No. 255
Draft Order of Saints 2021
|3||34 (98)||Compensatory selection|
|3||41 (105)||Special compensatory selection|
|Sixth||34 (218)||Compensatory selection|
|Seventh||1 (229)||Of the jaguars|
Saints NFL Draft Needs
- Attack player: The Saints have just two quarterbacks on the roster in Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston after the retirement of Drew Brees. Payton has bet on Hill as the franchise’s quarterback of the future, but that doesn’t mean some competition isn’t welcome and necessary.
- Cornerback: New Orleans cut cornerback Janoris Jenkins in early March, leaving a gap in the opposite position to Marshon Lattimore. The question is whether this will be the Saints’ most pressing need or whether they will wait until Round 2 to select this position.
- The wide receiver: The Saints’ 2020 leader in goals (107), receptions (83) and yards (756) was running back Alvin Kamara, if that tells you anything about the depth team’s need as a receiver. Michael Thomas will be looking to bounce back after playing just seven games last season, but Emmanuel Sanders is gone. Make this a priority for Payton and Co.
New Orleans Saints simulate 2021 draft
Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Saints, based on Vinnie Iyer’s mock seven-round draft:
|1||28 (28)||Joseph Ossai||EDGE||Texas|
|two||28 (60)||Jay tufele||DT||USC|
|3||34 (98)||Ar’Darius Washington||S.||TCU|
|3||41 (105)||Seth williams||WR||Chestnut|
|Bedroom||28 (133)||Trey Sermon||RB||State of ohio|
|Sixth||34 (218)||Brady breeze||S.||Oregon|
|Seventh||1 (229)||Deommodore Lenoir||CB||Oregon|
|Seventh||28 (255)||Max duffy||P||Kentucky|