Mel Kiper's Latest Mock Draft Projects Saints to Land Exciting Playmaker

Larry Rupp
Mel Kiper's latest mock draft projects the New Orleans Saints to land an exciting playmaker.
Mel Kiper's latest mock draft projects the New Orleans Saints to land an exciting playmaker. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans proved to be in win-now mode after it traded away its 2023 first-round pick in order to acquire a second first-round pick in 2022. The Saints' opportunity to grab an elite playmaker has now doubled and Mel Kiper projects the team to land one in his latest 2022 NFL mock draft.

Saints Mock Draft

Kiper expects New Orleans to be the landing spot for wide receiver Jameson Williams at No. 19 overall. That has to be an exciting pick for Saints fans given Williams had a shot to be the top pass-catcher in this class if he didn't tear his ACL during the National Championship game in January.

Williams picked apart SEC defenses all season long with the Crimson Tide and finished the year with 1,572 yards to go along with 15 touchdowns. He showcased his elite speed by averaging 19.9 yards per reception and lines up to be the perfect deep threat for quarterback Jameis Winston.

New Orleans would be smart to add onto their existing offensive weaponry. After all, No. 1 wideout Michael Thomas is returning from a serious ankle injury and not a single player on the team posted 700 or more receiving yards in 2021. Williams could help change that fact right away once healthy.

Williams recently told reporters that he expects to be ready by the start of training camp, which would obviously make taking him at No. 19 worth the risk. General manager Mickey Loomis may have the opportunity to give first-year head coach Dennis Allen a truly talented prospect to develop.

The 2022 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday, April 28.

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