The New Orleans Saints selected Paulson Adebo in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Adebo is a cornerback out of Stanford who opted out of the 2020 season due to Pac-12 and covid concerns. The Saints traded two late-third round picks to move up and grab Adebo at 76th overall. Adebo joins a defensive heavy draft for the Saints, all of which filled positions of need.
Saints select Paulson Adebo in the third round
Paulson Adebo was an unknown commodity going into this years draft. The strange circumstances with covid holdouts was going to dampen some draft prospects. With eight interceptions and 27 passes defended in 2018 and 2019, Adebo was looked at as a potential first rounder going into last season. The year off of unknowns hurt his draft stock but he lands in a spot where he can compete to start immediately. Adebo prefers to lineup on the left side of the line which works well for the Saints since Marshon Lattimore prefers the right. Lets look at what this selection means with winners and losers of the Paulson Adebo selection.
Winners of the Paulson Adebo selection
The safeties for the New Orleans Saints are winners of the Paulson Adebo selection. C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Williams have been incredible for the Saints and will now be able to help wherever he is needed on the field. Both players will be able to roam around where needed and use their instincts, and in Gardner-Johnson’s case his mouth, to disrupt what opposing offenses try to do against the Saints. These safeties can assist with whatever the offense throws at the Saints defense and are winners of this selection of Adebo.
The Saints organization peace of mind is another winner in this selection. Paulson Adebo has potential to be a corner capable of being left alone on his side of the field. With the recent legal troubles of Marshon Lattimore, the Saints can now rest a bit easier knowing that at least one side of the defense has a capable cornerback. Even if the Saints were to lose Lattimore to some games due to a suspension, the Saints can compensate with players like P.J. Williams and C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
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Losers of the Paulson Adebo Selection
Speaking of P.J. Williams, he recently resigned with the Saints and is likely a loser of this selection. Williams was the only experienced corner on the roster until this selection. If he was going to prove himself capable of being a starter, this would have been that season. Williams likely goes back to being used primarily on passing downs now.
Another loser of the selection might be Richard Sherman. Sherman is still looking for a team this off-season. If he was looking at the Saints as a potential winner, the pick of Adebo could dampen his expectations. Sherman is going to want to play and not be behind two other corners. If he feels as if he will not get enough playing time, Sherman could look elsewhere.
Saints fill defensive need with selection of Paulson Adebo
Paulson Adebo is an intriguing selection for the New Orleans Saints. Adebo could have been a potential first round pick had he not opted out of the 2020 season in some analysts eyes. The Saints obviously felt that they needed to take Adebo as they moved up 22 spots to grab him at pick 76 overall. If Adebo can show the skills on an NFL field that he did in his short Stanford career, he could be the steal of the draft.
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