3 Players the Saints Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick
By Tristan Jung
The New Orleans Saints have been on the verge of winning the NFC, but they've fallen short in the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion all three times. The Saints are picking near the end of the first round and only have five total picks, but they need to make some additions to shore up the roster.
If the Saints want to set themselves up for success in 2020 and the future, here are three players they should avoid taking in the first round.
1. Ross Blacklock, DT
The Saints are set at defensive tackle with Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata. While adding another defensive lineman, especially one as talented as Blacklock, would be helpful, there are other needs that the Saints need to address. In two years, taking a defensive tackle here might be necessary, but for 2020 fans shouldn't expect that.
2. Justin Jefferson, WR
By signing Emmanuel Sanders, the Saints addressed their need for a No. 2 receiver to pair alongside Michael Thomas. LSU's Justin Jefferson is likely to be the best receiver available when the Saints pick, but taking him would be a mistake given where else the Saints need help. The concept of having Thomas, Sanders, and Jefferson sounds great on paper, but that will leave the Saints vulnerable elsewhere.
3. Jordan Love, QB
Jordan Love has been shooting up draft boards as scouts have taken a closer look at the former Utah State quarterback. However, given that the Saints placed a first-round tender to keep Taysom Hill from restricted free agency and signed Drew Brees to a two-year, $50 million contract, spending more resources on a third quarterback seems pointless. The Saints just freed up their quarterback backlog by letting Teddy Bridgewater walk in free agency, and it doesn't make sense for them to do that over again.
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