Sunday, January 17, 2021

New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 4.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our New Orleans Saints Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New Orleans Saints from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Saints:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (1/15)

29. Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

The Saints will have a number of financial decisions to make in the upcoming offseason as no team is projected to be more over the cap than the Saints. Not only could Janoris Jenkins be a cap casualty, but Marshon Lattimore will play under the team's fifth-year option and he seeks a massive contract extension. Over the Cap recently analyzed moves that the team could make to manipulate its cap, which included releasing Jenkins and trading Lattimore. The former five-star recruit has elite prototypical traits (size, length and athleticism) and could develop behind Lattimore and Jenkins if OTC's suggested cap moves don't materialize.

San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)

29. Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

The verdict is still out on if Drew Brees' successor is currently on the roster with Taysom Hill showing his upside against Atlanta, but regressing against Denver and losing to Philadelphia. But there aren't any quarterbacks available worth taking here. Upcoming tough cap decisions could lead to a depleted secondary. Stokes is built thin, but remains an impressive athlete who maintains his physicality and played better than almost anyone at the position in the entire nation.

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/13)

29. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

This feels like when Brandin Cooks fell to the Saints in the 2014 class. Small receiver who's much more than a gadget player and will thrive in New Orleans.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/12)

29. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Wide receiver isn't atop the list of their most pressing needs, but the Saints are always looking to add dynamic athleticism on offense and have never been shy drafting Ohio State players.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/7)

29. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

There's a good chance that New Orleans rolls with Taysom Hill at quarterback next season, so surrounding him with the right weapons is critical. Toney is a threat at all levels of the field and Sean Payton can get creative with using him in space and allowing his dynamic vision, elusiveness, and creativity to give the Saints' offense an X-factor.

ESPN - Todd McShay (1/7)

30. Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

The Saints could use a talent like Bolton, as inside linebacker is perhaps the only question mark on their stout defense. He plays fast and has great instincts in coverage, compiling 95 tackles this season. Sliding him in at the second level would help keep New Orleans' run defense strong.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/5)

29. Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson

Many tough cap decisions loom in New Orleans, with the secondary looking primed to be hit particularly hard.

Athlon Sports - Bryan Fisher (1/5)

29. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

It still appears as though Sean Payton is ready to turn the team over to Taysom Hill upon Drew Brees' departure so finding a replacement for Hill's versatility could be how the team addresses their first-round pick. Moore's health is a bit of a question but his electric nature in this offense will be one to watch for years to come.

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