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A look at the best players available for the Saints’ next draft selection

Linebacker? Corner? Receiver? Another center? Let’s see who the Saints might pick with their next selection.

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Well, when do the Saints ever do what we expect?

As soon as a consensus is reached as to what positions the Saints might target in the draft, you might as well throw that assumption away and start over, because the Saints front office loves to throw curveballs. That’s what they did with their 2020 first-round pick, drafting Michigan center Cesar Ruiz at the 24th spot with Patrick Queen still available.

Now with that pick out of the way, what’s next?

The Saints’ remaining picks are as follows:

  • Round 3 pick 88
  • Round 4 pick 130
  • Round 5 pick 169
  • Round 6 pick 203

It’s hard to imagine we make it through the rest of this draft without seeing the Saints make trade to move up, so the players who are still available are within their reach. Don’t let the confines of the number “88” let you think a player projected to go in the 40’s or 50’s isn’t attainable. If general manager Mickey Loomis has taught us anything, let it be that.

Here are the best players available on Canal St. Chronicles’ Top 50 Big Board:

17. Xavier Mckinney, S, Alabama

18. D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

22. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

24. Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State

26. A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa

27. Grant Delpit, S, LSU

28. Lloyd Cushenberry, IOL, LSU

29. Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

31. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

33. Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin

34. Josh Jones, OT, Houston

36. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

37. Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

39. Kyle Duggar, S, Lenior-Rhyne

40. Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

41. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

42. Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

43. Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

44. Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

45. Austin Jackson, OT, USC

46. Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

47. K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

48. Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

50. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

With the offensive line now shored-up, the Saints biggest remaining needs seem to be linebacker, cornerback, wide receiver and quarterback. Here are some of the best players remaining at those specific positions:


Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State

Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State

Troy Dye, Oregon

Logan Wilson, Wyoming

Malik Harrison, Ohio State


Kristian Fulton, LSU

Jaylon Johnson, Utah

Trevon Diggs, Alabama

Bryce Hall, Virginia

Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State

Amik Robertson, LA Tech

Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame

Wide Receiver-

Tee Higgins, Clemson

Laviska Shenault, Colorado (barring injury)

Michael Pittman Jr., USC

Denzel Mims, Baylor

K.J. Hamler, Penn State

Tyler Johnson, Minnesota

Van Jefferson, Florida


Jake Fromm, Georgia

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

Anthony Gordon, Washington State

Jacob Eason, Washington

Cole Mcdonald, Hawaii

Tyler Huntley, Utah