3 First-Round Picks the Saints Should Target in the 2020 NFL Draft
Any team likely to pick toward the end of the first round of the NFL Draft isn't going to have too many glaring needs, which is exactly where the New Orleans Saints will probably find themselves come next April.
With that in mind, general manager Mickey Loomis could elect to utilize the best-available-player approach when his team is on the clock. It's one of the many luxuries of running a team with realistic Super Bowl expectations.
Even the best teams in the league can always get better, though. There are a few, albeit, smaller holes New Orleans can still fill, and here's a look at some of some players the team could look to add to its already stacked roster in the 2020 NFL Draft.
3. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia Bulldogs
The Saints don't have to be overly concerned about their quarterback of the future just yet, so going with a player like Jake Fromm at the end of the first round might come as a surprise for some. However, despite his 2019 resurgence, Drew Brees turns 41 years old in January, and while he's still playing at an extremely high level, it won't last forever. With the way Teddy Bridgewater filled in for him this season, leading the Saints to a 5-0 record while Brees was shelved by a thumb injury, he could command a significant deal from a quarterback-needy team in the offseason. With the cap hit created by Brees' restructured deal in 2020, the Saints likely won't have the flexibility to retain both signal-callers if this happens. Enter Fromm, who can learn under Brees for as long as he plays, warrant less money on a rookie contract and could eventually blossom into the next face of the franchise.
2. C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida Gators
C.J. Henderson has blossomed into an NFL-ready talent from a former four-star recruit at Florida, standing at a formidable 6-foot-1-inch frame for a corner. He has the speed and athleticism to prevent separation with the fastest receivers in the SEC, but he could struggle initially if matched up with a more physical talent at the NFL level. Still, this remains only a slight knock against one of the best defensive backs available in the 2020 NFL Draft.
1. Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU Horned Frogs
Having Michael Thomas on your team solves a lot of problems. Even the best need a little help in a supporting cast, though. The 23-year-old Tre'Quan Smith has caught only 12 passes this year and Ted Ginn Jr.'s contract expires at the end of this season too. Deonte Harris and Krishawn Hogan are the only other receivers under contract for New Orleans, so bringing in receiver help, either by way of the draft or free agency, should be a priority this year. Jalen Reagor was expected to be one of the top receivers in the country entering the season. Instead, he caught just 33 passes for 576 yards and eight touchdowns for TCU in the 2019 season. The talent displayed in his 1,061-yard-and-nine-touchdown 2018 season, though, didn't go anywhere, despite his downward trend. With names like Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Laviska Shenault Jr. ahead of him, he should still be around when the Saints are on the clock in the first round.
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