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New Orleans Saints 2020 Draft Grade: B

The Saints have drafted well in the past five years, and 2020 was another solid effort.  Cesar Ruiz at 24th is a bit early, but he will play in Pro Bowls and should start as a rookie.  Zach Baun was a steal in the third round.  He can get to the passer and play sideline to sideline. Adam Trautman is a small school tight end who has the speed to be a seam weapon.  They only had four picks but made the most out of what they had. 

New Orleans Saints 2018 Draft Grade: C-

A look below at our draft grades for the prior years for the Saints is quite comical.  We thought Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara were overrated.  And they may have been, but they went to the Saints who turn water into wine on offense.  They're the anti-Jets.  They've been doing it since the days of Marcus Colston, a 7th round pick who led the team in receiving for the better part of a decade. Last year 32-year old journeyman Ted Ginn showed up in New Orleans and produced the best season of his career.  Everyone's a winner in the Saints offense.  In 2018 they pulled off the draft's most shocking trade by unloading two first round picks to move up and select DE Marcus Davenport.  We don't hate Davenport at that spot.  He could become an elite pass rusher in the Cam Jordan mold.  But that's a lot to give up.  After that they probably didn't draft any starting caliber players, though if third round receiver Tre-Quan Smith ever gets a chance he'll probably put up big numbers like everyone else.

New Orleans Saints 2017 Draft Grade: B-

We would have flipped the Saints two first round picks and taken OT Ryan Ramczyk at 11 and CB Marcus Lattimore at 32, but those picks were solid. S Marcus Williams should be a starter immediately.  The Saints had three third round picks and we only liked one of them.  LB Alex Anzalone has some talent but he has an extensive injury history.  RB Alvin Kamara was a head scratcher.  The Saints are paying Mark Ingram, who signed a four year deal in 2015, and brought in Adrian Peterson on a two year deal.  Kamara is, at best, a third down back and with all of their needs on defense his selection didn't make sense. Florida Atlantic defensive end Trey Hendrickson had success at a small school, but we're not certain that will translate to the NFL. 

New Orleans Saints 2016 Draft Grade: B-

The Saints didn't have many picks, but they hit a home run with DT Sheldon Rankins at #12.  They also added a potential starting safety in Vonn Bell. RB Daniel Lasco is a guy we liked much higher than the seventh round and even though we think WR Michael Thomas is overrated, it was a solid draft all around.


New Orleans Saints 2015 Draft Grade: A

If they had taken a wide receiver in the third round instead of QB Garrett Grayson, this would have been the best draft of 2015.  We say that in spite of the fact that they overdrafted Andrus Peat with the 13th pick in round one.  Even though we don't think Peat is elite, he should be at a minimum a solid starter. After that they smashed it out of the park, taking 4 of our top forty players, all on the defensive side of the ball.  Hau'oli Kikaha and Davis Tull (who was diagnosed with an injury late in the process) are elite pass rushers.  They were the two most prolific pass rushers in college football in 2014.  Cornerback P.J. Williams was in our top forty until he was arrested for DUI (which has since been dropped) and Stephone Anthony has the upside to be the best linebacker in the class. Tyeler Davidson is huge and could earn rotational playing time as a rookie.  5th round corner Damian Swann from Georgia is a doppleganger for first rounder Kevin Johnson.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Cyril Lemon- G, North Texas

New Orleans Saints 2014 Draft Grade: B-

The Saints first two picks could develop into productive starters, but after that they didn't do much.  The Saints traded up to get WR Brandin Cooks.  With Marques Colston on his last legs, Jimmy Graham pissed off and Lance Moore moving on to greener pastures, they needed to provide some new weapons for Drew Brees. Cooks and Kenny Stills could develop into an explosive one-two combination by 2015.   Second round corner Stanley Jean-Baptiste has the size teams are looking for in the new age corner and he could be in the nickel rotation this season. Injury prone linebacker Ronald Powell has loads of ability if he can stay healthy. 

UDFA most likely to make the team: Brandon Coleman- WR, Rutgers