2021 Draft Saints Pick: Who Took New Orleans? Full list of NFL Draft selections
The Saints are looking for answers to their continued offensive success in 2021, and it starts with two of the game’s most important positions: quarterback and wide receiver.
Drew Brees has retired, which means coach Sean Payton will likely want to add a few rooms to the quarterback’s room outside of planned starter Taysom Hill and substitute Jameis Winston. Also finished Emmanuel Sanders, the second receiver of the team in 2020.
But the Saints also have significant needs in the defensive secondary and the line of scrimmage. Whether they choose these positions – or elsewhere – depends on who is available, and where, in the draft.
Here is the full recap of the Saints’ 2021 NFL Draft choice:
2021 Draft Saints Pick: Who Has New Orleans Taken?
- Round 1, choice n ° 28: Payton Turner, DE, Houston
- 2nd round, choice n ° 60: Pete Werner, LB, State of Ohio
- Round 3, choice n ° 76: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
- Round 4, choice n ° 133: Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame
- Round 6, choice n ° 206: Landon Young, occupational therapist, Kentucky
- Round 7, choice n ° 255: Kawaan Baker, WR, Southern Alabama
Saints 2021 ordinance project
|3||12 (76)||From Broncos via the giants|
|3||41 (105)||Special compensatory selection|
NFL Saints Draft Needs
- Strategist: The Saints have just two quarterbacks on the roster at Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston after Drew Brees retires. Payton has moved all-in on Hill as the franchise’s quarterback of the future, but that doesn’t mean competition won’t be welcome – and necessary.
- Cornerback: New Orleans cut cornerback Janoris Jenkins in early March, leaving a hole opposite Marshon Lattimore. The question is whether this will be the Saints’ most pressing need or whether they will wait until the second round to select this position.
- Wide receiver: The Saints’ 2020 leader in targets (107), receptions (83) and yards (756) was running back Alvin Kamara, if that tells you anything about the team’s need for depth on the receiver. Michael Thomas will be looking to bounce back after playing just seven games last season, but Emmanuel Sanders is gone. Seek this as a priority for Payton and Co.
The 2021 New Orleans Saints mock draft
Here are the latest projections from the 2021 NFL Draft for the Saints, according to Vinnie Iyer’s Seven Tower Simulation Project:
|1||28 (28)||Joseph Ossai||EDGE||Texas|
|2||28 (60)||Jay tufele||DT||USC|
|3||34 (98)||Ar’Darius Washington||S||TCU|
|3||41 (105)||Seth williams||WR||Auburn|
|4||28 (133)||Trey Sermon||RB||Ohio state|
|6||34 (218)||Brady breeze||S||Oregon|
|7||1 (229)||Deommodore Lenoir||CB||Oregon|
|7||28 (255)||Max duffy||P||Kentucky|