During this COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown one thing we still have to look forward to is the 2020 NFL draft. The New Orleans Saints draft will start on April 23rd and the NFL draft will run through April 25th. The draft will be operated from each coach’s or general manager’s office or home.
The New Orleans Saints have five picks this year. The picks are distributed throughout rounds 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6. The Saints will look to make the most out of each one starting with the 24th pick in the first round. The brain trust trio of Sean Payton (Coach), Micky Loomis (Executive Vice President,GM), and Jeff Ireland (Assistant GM, Scouting Director), and their history of successful draft classes should leave no doubt if the team will prosper.
For the next couple of weeks leading up to draft day thousands of NFL mock drafts will have been released. Some of those mocks will get several picks right, and others will be Maurice Jones-Drew-esque, but one thing that’s for certain is that no one will get them all right. This draft will be full of surprises and, in a time of uncertainty, the only thing left to do is dust off the old crystal ball and see what the Saints are might do.
Saints Bold Draft Predictions
1.The Saints draft zero Ohio State Buckeyes.
It is well known Coach Sean Payton has an affinity for Ohio State players. The Saints once had more Buckeyes on their team than any other team in the NFL.
On the 2019 roster Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Ted Ginn Jr., Marshon Lattimore & Michael Thomas all came from Ohio State.
Currently, there are several Ohio State players worth selecting. Especially Chase Young, but trading up to get Young would involve giving picks up for years and potentially several key players. If the Saints were going to go that route they would go get their future quarterback which leads us into our next prediction.
2. The Saints trade everything to draft LSU star QB Joe Burrow.
Several rumors have circulated that the team has a great interest in the LSU QB. Most of these rumors have been ridiculous and would involve the team setting themselves back for years to gain their QB of the future.
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Having Joe Burrow as the heir apparent to Brees when he decides to call it quits would be welcoming to most Saints fans, but not at the price it would cost.
But, you never know, just ask Mike Ditka.
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3. The Saints draft an LSU player not named Joe Burrow in the first round.
As much as the Saints love to draft from Ohio State the opposite can be said from the school in their backyard, LSU.
The Saints have only drafted a handful of LSU players throughout recent history, and never in the first round. The highest round the team has ever selected a Tiger from was in the second round (Dalton Hilliard, Devery Henderson), and before the selection of Will Clapp last year it had been 8 years since the team drafted a Tiger.
This year all that changes when the Saints select a Tiger in the first round as several Tigers could still be available when the Saints draft 24th. Patrick Queen, Jordan Jefferson, Kristian Fulton, and Grant Delpit are all players that would add quality to the Saints roster.
4. The Saints trade back in the draft.
This is unthinkable. When it comes to draft strategy the Saints like to be aggressive, they don’t wait for their man to fall to them, they go get him. On draft day the Saints are usually one of the busiest teams, and recent drafts have paid off.
Alvin Kamara, Marcus Davenport, and Erik McCoy are a few of the recent draft day successes resulting from trading up. This year in a very deep draft we just might see the team take a page out of the Bill Belichick’s book and trade back. The signing of Emanuel Sanders in the off-season put the Saints in a position to be able to take the best player available.
Trading back with another team would give the Saints more picks, and it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that more picks means more chances at a best player available.
5. The Saints draft Jordan Love.
No worries this will never happen.
I have full confidence that the Saint’s brain trust with a loaded roster, built to win now, will make the best decision. There is nothing the front office wants more then to see their all-world QB go out with another Super Bowl title, and the league MVP award he’s been snubbed on so many times. In Loomis we trust!
Stay safe, wash your hands please, and keep practicing social distancing so we can get our sports back… WHODAT!