Now that the 2019 NFL season is officially in the rear-view mirror, we can look ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft. Todd McShay has just completed his recent mock draft for ESPN (Insider required), and the New Orleans Saints finally bring in some help for Michael Thomas with the 24th overall pick:
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Outside of Michael Thomas, Jared Cook and Alvin Kamara, what do Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense really have in the passing game? Not much. Ted Ginn Jr. was the second-most productive wide receiver behind Thomas with just 421 yards, and the next best was Tre’Quan Smith with a measly 234 yards. Whether or not it’s Brees throwing the passes in 2020 — yeah, quarterback is a position to watch here, too — the Saints have to address that lack of depth. The 6-foot-4 Higgins can make guys miss with his strength and will come down with anything thrown near him. He averaged a hair shy of 20 yards per catch this past season for the Tigers.
It’s hard to argue the Saints don’t have a need at wide receiver at this point. In case you’re wondering who else was on the board when the Saints were on the clock in McShay’s mock draft, WR Laviska Shenault, Jr. of Colorado (mocked to the Saints in Canal Street Chronicles’s mock) as still available, as he went to San Francisco 49ers 31st overall. One spot before the 49ers, local college product WR Justin Jefferson of LSU went to Green Bay Packers 30th overall.
As between Higgins, Jefferson, and Shenault, who would you prefer the Saints be able to grab with the 24th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft? Tell me in the comments. Send me presents.