3 Wide Receivers the Saints Should Target in the NFL Draft

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas was the Saints' only wide receiver to have more than 450 receiving yards in 2019. | Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

With Michael Thomas on the team, it feels weird to consider wide receiver a position of need for the New Orleans Saints. But the fact is, other than Thomas, no Saints' wideout had more than 450 receiving yards in 2019, with Ted Ginn Jr. being the second-leading WR at 421 yards.

Adding a legitimate threat opposite of Thomas could help push this Saints' offense to the next level, but with the sixth-least amount of projected cap space available, New Orleans will likely need to address the position in the NFL Draft. With that in mind, here are three wideouts the Saints should target in the draft.

1. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama Crimson Tide

Henry Ruggs III
Henry Ruggs III had 746 receiving yards in 2019 for the Alabama Crimson Tide. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Henry Ruggs III is a bonafide speed demon, and he'd be an excellent fit alongside Thomas. While Thomas specializes on intermediate routes, Ruggs could be a fantastic deep threat in New Orleans, as he averaged 18.6 yards per reception this season (T-No. 25 in the NCAA). That ability to stretch the field could open up a lot of options for the Saints, making the offense more dynamic than it already is.

2. Justin Jefferson, LSU Tigers

Justin Jefferson
Justin Jefferson racked up 106 receiving yards against the Clemson Tigers. | Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Anyone who watched the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff knows just how dominant Justin Jefferson is. In LSU's two CFP games, Jefferson racked up a combined 23 receptions for 333 receiving yards and four scores. With Thomas likely drawing the opponent's top corner on a weekly basis, Jefferson could thrive against No. 2 corners in New Orleans. This would also be something of a homecoming for Jefferson, a Louisiana native.

3. Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado Buffaloes

Laviska Shenault Jr.
Laviska Shenault Jr. has a combined 17 touchdowns over his last two collegiate seasons. | Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Laviska Shenault Jr. is one of the top receivers in what looks to be a historically deep class, but perhaps he's best viewed as more of a playmaker than just a typical WR. He's tallied at least 750 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons, but he's also handled at least 17 carries in both years, never averaging fewer than 6.8 yards per carry in that time. In fact, Shenault even racked up five rushing TDs in 2018 and two in 2019. Sean Payton is one of the most innovative coaches in football, and he'd surely find some creative ways to maximize a unique talent like Shenault.

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