It’s time to talk draft New Orleans fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • March 10, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2019
The Saints put together a really solid roster last year. They traded away much of the 2019 draft trying to align the pieces of the puzzle. They enjoyed a fine season, no question about it. There has to be some disappointment to the way the season ended. Can Sean Payton rally the team back to the NFC Championship game. Does Brees has one more push for the Super Bowl?
2019 draft picks
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The Saints have no Compensatory Picks.
- Offensive Tackle
- Offensive Guard
- Defensive Tackle
- Wide Receiver
- Tight End
Terron Armstead is has been a solid left tackle, protecting Drew Brees’s blindside, but he’s also dealt with chronic injury issues. The team should have a starting caliber backup on the roster as insurance. The team could use a slot receiver and a burner to compliment Tre’Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood. Unless Sean Payton envisions Dan Arnold as a go-to option at tight end, the Saints will need find a player capable of starting at the position this offseason.
On defense, the Saints could improve their depth throughout the roster but especially at defensive tackle and at linebacker, where youth and speed could compete for a starting job.
Prospects to watch
Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
At 6-6, 252, Kahale Warring is a prototypical tight end. He’s solidly built and well proportioned. Warring is one of the more intriguing prospects coming out this year. He only played one year of football in high school, and is entering the draft as an underclassman. He can inline block, or run the seam.
Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama
With 9.5 sacks in 2018, Isaiah Buggs can use a variety of moves to get to the quarterback. However, he’s really known to be a run-stuffing DT. He has a lot of raw power to jam up the line of scrimmage. Will make an excellent short yardage defender because of his ability to anchor.
Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
Burr-Kirven might not be the biggest guy on the field (6-0/230), but you’ll find him wherever the ball is. He’s a guy that will come in and immediately give you great special teams play. His hustle and intelligence will get him snaps either at weakside linebacker or in some form of a hybrid safety. He has shown excellent playing strength and closing closes on the ball in a hurry.
Brandon Hitner, OT, Villanova
A few weeks’ ago, Hitner was on very few radar screens. Then, at the end of March, the Villanova offensive tackle put on an athletic showcase for scouts during his pro day. He’s a bit of an unknown commodity at this point, but teams are generally willing gamble on a player like Hitner in the seventh round of the draft.
Players to Watch: CB Stephen Denmark, Valdosta State; ILB Terez Hall, Missouri; OLB Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State; FB Alec Ingold, Wisconsin; WR DeMarkus Lodge, Mississippi; OT Iosua Opeta, Weber State; NT Ray Smith, Boston College; and RB James Williams, Washington State.
General Manager: Mickey Loomis | Head Coach: Sean Payton | Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael | Defensive Coordinator: Dennis Allen
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Marcus Davenport DE | R3 Tre’Quan Smith WR
2017: R1 Ryan Ramczyk OT | R2 Marcus Williams CB
2016: R1 Shelton Rankins DT | R2 Michael Thomas WR
2015: R1 Andrus Peat OT | R1 Stephone Anthony ILB | R2 Hau’oli Kikaha OLB