I know that we literally just finished up with 2020’s draft. But, no time better than the present to start getting ready for 2021. I already have a couple of players I love. With the help of The Draft Network I’m putting together my first Saints-centered mock draft with the 2021 class! So if you don’t agree that a player will be around where he is listed here, take it up with them! This is mainly just to put some names on your radar to look for next college football season, anyway.
Round 1: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Rondale Moore is one of my favorite prospects in the entire draft class. The prospect of him in a Sean Payton offense is just, so exciting. He is a freak, in the best way possible. Not many 5’9 193-pounders can run in the 4.4s and squat 600 pounds (by the way he squatted 600 when he was in the 175-180 pound range). Amazing after the catch and seems to catch everything. We have another super deep wide receiver class and can definitely luck out and have this guy fall to us thanks to his height. Payton will use him to his full potential as he seems to be the perfect running mate for Michael Thomas. Our offense would become even more unfair.
Round 2: Jay Tufele, DL, USC
Tufele projects as a DT or DE in the NFL, and would address a need that didn’t get addressed in the 2020 class. He is great at getting in the backfield in the pass rush, and is steadily improving as a run defender. He has shown improvement both years at USC and will be exciting to watch in the upcoming season.
While we all expect the Saints to have a compensatory pick, we’ll just skip this for now as nothing is ever set in stone when it comes to New Orleans and the NFL.
Round 4: Merlin Robertson, LB, Arizona St
Robertson has had an uber-productive career at Arizona State so far. Through 2 years he has 151 tackles, 13.5 TFLs, 7 sacks, 4 PDs, 2 FRs, 5 FFs. Robertson is very strict on himself as a football player, and is always working to improve his game. He is super mature for his age, as he already has kids and is a very good father to them. Something you love to see, especially in this organization where character matters!
Round 5: Reggie Roberson, WR, SMU
Reggie had a promising year cut short in 2019 as he was already having an incredibly successful season. Through 8 games he had 43 catches for 803 yards and 6 TDs. He is also a quality special teamer, which will help you make any NFL roster. I’m excited to delve deeper into his game this season. He is also super young for a 4th year senior.
Same thing here for the 6th-rounder. We expect the Saints will get a comp pick after losing A.J. Klein, but we will do without for now.
Round 7: Reed Blankenship, S, MTSU
His 2018 season is what really intrigues me about him. He succeeded at all levels of the game. 107 tackles, 8 TFLs, 1 sack, and 7 PDs. He was having a good 2019 too, before it was cut short with an ankle injury. He’s also a fantastic special team player, with 2 blocked kicks in 2019.