The 2021 NFL season is officially over for the New Orleans Saints, and it was quite a ride.
The Saints season might be over, but Saints coverage never sleeps. Free agency, the draft, 2021 retrospective pieces, and looking ahead to the 2022 season... We’ll have it all for you at Canal Street Chronicles.
First, let’s take a look at the Saints draft position for the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Saints officially have the 18th pick in the draft— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) January 10, 2022
The 18th overall selection has not been historically great of late. Here are the names of the 18th overall pick since the 2011 NFL Draft:
2021 - DE Jaelan Phillips (Miami) - Miami Dolphins
2020 - OT Austin Jackson (USC) - Miami Dolphins
2018 - CB Jaire Alexander (Louisville) - Green Bay Packers
2017 - CB Adoree Jackson (USC) - Tennessee Titans
2016 - C Ryan Kelly (Alabama) - Indianapolis Colts
2015 - CB Marcus Peters (Washington) - Kansas City Chiefs
2014 - S Calvin Pryor (Louisville) - New York Jets
2012 - LB Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) - Los Angeles Chargers
2011 - DT Corey Liuget (Illinois) - Los Angeles Chargers
It’s admittedly a little unfair to just look at the one spot on the board. If you instead have the mindset that the Saints can draft anyone still available at the 18th overall pick and consider those players drafted in the 19-25 range as well, you could see the caliber of options the Saints could consider.
Wide receivers like Justin Jefferson and Ceedee Lamb were taken in this range. So too was Dez Bryant. Chandler Jones, Leighton Vander Esch, Hayden Hurst... Even New Orleans Saints great Cam Jordan was taken 24th overall in the 2011 NFL draft.
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