Whew. That sure was a doozy, wasn’t it?
The New Orleans Saints surprised most of the NFL world last night by selecting Houston defensive end and edge rusher Payton Turner with the 28th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. To say Saints fans had immediate disappointment might be an understatement. While “dream” targets of the Saints like cornerbacks Caleb Farley, Patrick Surtain, Jaycee Horn, and Greg Newsome were off the board by the time the Saints were on the clock, there were still plenty of intriguing names Saints fans might have been excited about.
Saints fans might be slowly warming on the pick (or at least becoming less antagonistic), but here were some of the best reactions from last night:
With the 28th pick in the 2021 #NFLDraft, the Saints select: DE Payton Turner from Houston! #SaintsDraft |@CoxComm pic.twitter.com/um7bV79e5x— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 30, 2021
April 30, 2021
I think it's safe to say this draft did not go the way the Saints wanted it to.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) April 30, 2021
Jordan, Davenport, expecting a big leap from Granderson, sign Kpassagnon, re-signed and took a flier on Spence— John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) April 30, 2021
What am I missing?
And the Saints once again select a player with a RAS score over 9 in the first round. Trend continues. Wrote a couple weeks ago about this trend.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) April 30, 2021
this dude might be the 5th DE on the depth chart. awful!— John Sigler (@john_siglerr) April 30, 2021
For the record, I like Payton Turner. I really do. But I thought he was a Day 2 pick. And with JOK, Moore and Barmore on the board...it stings.— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) April 30, 2021
Gonna bump this for some Payton Turner content. Explosive edge with ridiculously long arms https://t.co/HHAF826zMq— Andrew Bell (@AndrewBell_98) April 30, 2021
New #Saints DL Payton Turner was one of 20 FBS EDGEs to earn a pass rushing grade of 90.0 - and he did it with just 4 starts. pic.twitter.com/fidVov6W9R— PFF NO Saints (@PFF_Saints) April 30, 2021
April 30, 2021
Payton Turner to the Saints: F— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 30, 2021
Well, I guess they believe in him. This is the kind of pick you expect when a team is desperate for a pass rusher, and all the good ones have been taken. @SaintsCSC https://t.co/n67WH6otXx pic.twitter.com/306ttVa1a4
This is @DillySanders hopping in to say,— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) April 30, 2021
I get why people hate the Payton Turner pick, but he has a VERY high ceiling and can be great. Lets take a step back and welcome our new Saint!
Payton Turner is a reach. I don’t really think that’s up for debate. But that doesn’t really matter if he ends up being good. Let’s see what the roster looks like going into camp before we freak out.— Andrew Juge (@AndrewJuge) April 30, 2021
WHO?!? . @datboywolf and @askmetostay323 had me fucking rolling last night. pic.twitter.com/RFOVdEcCl9— JJ (@JJ17710635) April 30, 2021
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