New Orleans Saints Mock Draft Roundup 3.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our New Orleans Saints Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New Orleans Saints from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Saints:
EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)
29. Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
The Saints will have a number of financial decisions to make in the upcoming offseason as no team is projected to be more over the cap than the Saints. Not only could Janoris Jenkins be a cap casualty, but Marshon Lattimore will play under the team's fifth-year option and seeking a massive contract extension. Over the Cap recently analyzed moves
that the team could
make to manipulate its cap, which included releasing Jenkins and trading Lattimore. The former five-star recruit has elite prototypical traits (size, length and athleticism) and could develop behind Lattimore and Jenkins if OTC's suggested cap moves don't materialize.
San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)
28. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Somewhere between Drew Brees and Taysom Hill lies Lance. A showcase game against Central Arkansas didn't really do his draft stock any favors, but there's too much arm talent and playmaking ability to deny here. The measurables check every box.
Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)
29. Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
The Saints have put together one of the league's best defenses this season, but this pick makes them even better on paper for 2021. Dennis Allen has relied on Chauncey Gardner-Johnson as the slot cornerback this season, and while he has played well, most of Gardner-Johnson's experience is at safety and cornerback during his college days.
That is where Shaun Wade comes in. He has been used often in the slot for Ohio State, and his skills working underneath and against slot receivers translates perfectly to the NFL game. Adding him to this defense allows Allen to play some more matchups and to move Gardner-Johnson around to different spots based on opponent and scheme.
PFF - Gayle (12/29)
29. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Veteran wideout Emmanuel Sanders is a likely cap causality this offseason, and the Saints already have bigger possession types in Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith in their arsenal. Moore is a legit different-maker after the catch that can turn quarterback Drew Brees' infatuation with the short pass into a more profitable strategy for New Orleans early in his career.
CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)
29. Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
Bolton is a hard-hitting, middle-of-the-field spark plug with sideline-to-sideline speed.
Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)
29. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Olave is so natural at the position. He is a gifted route runner who will create separation on all three levels. He isn't quite Justin Jefferson, but they are similar movers at similar sizes. Olave works as a longer strider but can still snap off sudden changes in direction, reminiscent of the crossover-type route running Jefferson displays against off coverage.
Getting Michael Thomas a running mate is necessary for the success of whoever is throwing passes for the Saints in 2021.
PFF - Renner (12/23)
29. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
The Saints' draft strategy will revolve heavily around who gets treated as a cap casualty this spring, with New Orleans currently almost $100 million over the projected cap next year. One man that will undeniably be the case with is newly acquired linebacker Kwon Alexander and his $13 million cap hit. Combine that with Alex Anzalone's expiring contract and third-rounder Zack Baun's inability to see the field, and the Saints could be in need of linebacker help. Collins was consistently the best player on every field he stepped on this year and finished with a 91.2 overall grade.
Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)
30. Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
Demario Davis is among the Saints' most valuable players, but how much longer can he play? Finding a suitable replacement with three-down skills won't be easy, but Surratt has shown that and can slide into Dennis Allen's defense early on.
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