The New Orleans Saints were one of the quieter teams at the 2022 NFL Draft, making only five picks at the three-day event. They did, however, manage to walk away with three top-50 players, so it's safe to say that they're happy with their showing.
Time will tell if the Saints' newest crop of rookies will challenge for roster spots next season. It could be a real possibility after some New Orleans veterans underperformed in 2021 while others' jobs just might not be that secure.
Here's a look at three Saints veterans who are fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.
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1. Tre'Quan Smith, WR
A third-round pick in 2018, Tre'Quan Smith hasn't developed as the Saints hoped he would. He was supposed to take a step forward in 2021 with Michael Thomas missing the whole year but failed to do so as he finished with fewer than 500 receiving yards for the fourth straight campaign. Now that the Saints drafted Ohio State WR Chris Olave 11th overall, the writing appears to be on the wall for Smith. Olave's presence bumps all non-Thomas wideouts down a spot on the depth chart, pushing Smith closer to irrelevancy.
2. Bradley Roby, CB
Bradley Roby entered the offseason as the Saints' No. 3 cornerback, but that may not be the case anymore after taking Tennessee's Alontae Taylor in Round 2 last week. Taylor is as versatile as they come and has the potential to be a starting CB. Although Roby has been solid at times, he allowed a 70% completion percentage when targeted while also missing 14.8% of his tackles. If the Saints want to be contenders again next year, there's little room for error. If Taylor has a strong camp, he could potentially steal Roby's job as the No. 3 CB.
3. Zack Baun, LB
The Saints hoped that Zack Baun could add to the team's pass rush after he racked up 12.5 sacks in his final year at Wisconsin. Instead, he hasn't recorded a sack in 32 career games and played a majority of his snaps (79%) on special teams in 2021. Newly drafted LB D'Marco Jackson should definitely give Baun a run for his money. The reigning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year is always a nuisance, racking up 6.0 sacks and 20.0 tackles for loss in his senior year. He's already someone that many analysts are projecting to be on special teams this season, making him a candidate to steal Baun's playing time unless the latter proves his worth at camp.
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