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Saints Disrespected by Mel Kiper's NFL Draft Grade

Larry Rupp
The New Orleans Saints are being disrespected by Mel Kiper's NFL Draft grade.
The New Orleans Saints are being disrespected by Mel Kiper's NFL Draft grade. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints were not afraid to make a few big moves in the 2022 NFL Draft and even dealt away future capital to acquire a second first-round pick. The front office was able to add talent on both sides of the football, but the team is still being disrespected by Mel Kiper's NFL Draft grades.

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The Saints were one of 10 teams to be given a B- by Kiper. While that may not seem too bad, only two other teams checked in with lower grades. Both the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys were handed a C+ grade. Kiper explained that it all came down to one strategy employed by New Orleans.

The Saints ended up trading draft capital that included a 2022 third-round pick, 2023 first-round pick and 2024 second-round pick across multiple deals to move up in the first round. Kiper saw the deals being made a bit confusing considering New Orleans may not even be a true contender next season.

That may not matter if wide receiver Chris Olave and offensive lineman Trevor Penning can reach their full potential at the NFL level. Olave is one of the best deep threats to come out of college in years and Penning has the chops needed to take over Terron Armstead's spot at left tackle in Week 1.

Kiper also mentioned that he isn't sold on starting quarterback Jameis Winston and thought the team should've added to the position in one way or another. It's worth noting that this was a notable weak QB class, though, and New Orleans could always go that route in 2023 if ultimately necessary.

The Saints currently have odds set at +4400 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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