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The New Orleans Saints have been up and down since the retirement of franchise legend Drew Brees. The team is getting older and are in need of younger talent to refresh the roster. The NFL Draft is their chance to do just that.
Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson
Brenton Cox Jr., Edge, Florida
Antoine Green, WR, North Carolina
The Saints need to shore up the defensive line, especially after the loss of Marcus Davenport. Cameron Jordan is getting older and they will need to find a player to mold to stand in his stead when he hangs them up.
The Saints should look at players like Bryan Bresee and Brenton Cox Jr. to fill those needs. Bresee is a physical freak that plays with elite flexibility and strength. The former Clemson standout is stout against the run as well as the pass, which will allow him to play on all three downs at the next level. His personality is also polarizing and he plays with passion and heart that will endear him to the New Orleans fanbase.
Due to the loss of Davenport the Saints will need to find a comparable replacement. Cox Jr. is a very good option in the middle rounds. He has great instincts when in pursuit in the run or pass rushing situations. His sound tackling technique also ensures that he can finish the job once he gets to the ball carrier. Cox Jr. could add some more weight to his frame, but he has enough skill to play and be effective immediately.
The Saints have more questions than answers surrounding their receiver room right now. The only cemented players are second year receiver Chris Olave and Tre’Quan Smith. Getting a capable late round guy to fill in the third receiver spot would help going forward. Antoine Green from UNC is a smooth athlete with good speed and size for the position. The Saints offense is a good 1-to-1 comp to the one he played in. Green could come in a play in the slot or outside and contribute early while developing into a complete receiver.
With a good draft the good times could return to New Orleans in 2023-24. The NFC South is wide open and this draft could give them a leg up.