The New Orleans Saints have finally been awarded compensatory draft picks for use in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Prior to the additional picks, the Saints only held three draft picks with the 28th, 60th and 133rd pick in the draft. Due to losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the Carolina Panthers, and Assistant GM Terry Fontenot to the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans was able to cash in. Additionally, due to the new minority hiring incentives laid forth by the NFL, the Saints will actually receive another third-round pick in next year’s draft that is yet to be determined for Fontenot’s departure.
This year’s comp picks, issued today: pic.twitter.com/jUysgy0edg— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2021
As for this season, New Orleans has received the 98th pick for the loss of Bridgewater, which is in the third-round, and the 106th pick, also in the third-round, due to the loss of Fontenot. The Saints were able to reel in another sixth-round pick due to the loss of A.J. Klein to the Buffalo Bills. That pick will be the 218th pick.
This is great news for the Saints as they were already lacking picks due to trades and breaches in COVID protocols. Now, New Orleans will have a total of six picks, and after the cuts to the roster that have already occurred and are bound to continue, the Saints will need all the reinforcements they can get, affordably. These comp picks go a long way in helping achieve that goal.
Here are where the Saints stand going into the draft:
First-round: Pick 28
Second-round: Pick 60
Third-round: Pick 98
Third-round: Pick 106
Fourth-round: Pick 133
Sixth-round: Pick 218
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