Three picks? Yep! Just three. All they need. The Saints 2020 draft class consists of a center, linebacker and tight end. The Saints don’t have any selections on day three of the NFL draft, after trading all of them away to move up in the third round to select tight end Adam Trautman out of Dayton.
Here are 5 reasons I love what the Saints did in the draft:1. The Saints continued to invest in the offensive line. It’s never a bad thing to collect offensive lineman to protect your quarterback. Did you watch the Saints playoff loss? The offensive line struggled.2. They don’t care what others think. Some or several national draft experts are going to crush the Saints for only making three selections in the draft. Why? Simply because they don’t know how much depth the Saints have on their roster.3. Linebacker Zach Baun was a big steal in round three. The Saints had him as a top 40 player on their draft board. He’s a high motor player, who brings more pass rushing skills to a defense, that racked up a ton of QB sacks last year.4. Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis understand their team and recognize the four selections they traded away probably won’t make their team. Some GM’s would have pounded their heads against the wall and drafted players that would eventually get cut and signed by other teams. The Saints were able to get something for players who couldn’t make their team.5. I was called crazy for suggesting the scenario that played out for the Saint. Trade several picks because they won’t make their roster. It feels good to be right. I know this team; I’ve been around them for twelve years. I can kind of anticipate what and how they think to a degree. Lagniappe: Wouldn’t it be such a Saints thing to do...to find a player they like in the final round of the draft and trade up and back into the third day of the draft?Don’t completely unplug from the draft. It’s not over by any stretch. Let’s see how the picks unfold for the rest of the NFC South and our key opponents. Then, we’ll track all the Black & Gold’s moves with unrestricted free agents.