It's always hard finishing as the team closely on the outside looking in regarding the NFL playoffs. That's what happened to the New Orleans Saints this season after posting an overall record of 9-8. This team is close to being a contender once again, but the front office will need to make some crucial decisions.
The Saints have an opportunity to immediately improve their roster in the upcoming NFL Draft and set them up for a future playoff run. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely draft targets for New Orleans with the No. 18 overall pick.
New Orleans Saints NFL Draft
1. Desmond Ridder, QB (Cincinnati)
The Saints' situation at the quarterback position remains murky to say the least. Jameis Winston is set to enter free agency in the offseason and Taysom Hill showed few signs of major improvement during his starts. Keep an eye on Desmond Ridder if New Orleans decides to draft a signal-caller in the first round. The Cincinnati starter led the Bearcats to an undefeated record in the regular season this past fall and put his team on his back when it mattered the most. Ridder avoids making big mistakes and consistently puts the football where only his receiver can catch it. His dual-threat capabilities make him a safe pick compared to some other draft prospects.
2. Matt Corral, QB (Ole Miss)
New Orleans could opt to go for upside over experience in April, which makes quarterback Matt Corral a potential target. The Ole Miss standout passed for over 3,300 yards and rushed for over 500 yards in each of his last two seasons with the Rebels. He also showed off his accuracy by completing 67.7% of his pass attempts in 2021. Head coach Sean Payton loves to roster players that simply want to compete and Corral's aggressive style of play fits the bill. If the Saints want to enter an entire new era moving forward, drafting Corral could be the missing piece to the puzzle.
3. Jahan Dotson, WR (Penn State)
Aside from the quarterback position, this roster could use a boost at wide receiver. Pro Bowler Michael Thomas is expected back next season, but the talent that surrounds him is not exactly top-tier. Drafting Jahan Dotson would change everything, though. The Penn State wideout is one of the fastest players in this draft class and has a ridiculously wide catch radius as well. He can go up to grab contested balls or burn an opposing defender deep down the field. It's hard to overlook his production. Dotson hauled in 91 passes for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season. He should have no trouble making a smooth transition into the NFL.
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