The NFL Draft is rapidly approaching and the New Orleans Saints have the 28th pick in the first round.
Unlike recent years, the Saints head into this draft with a few glaring needs. The “Cajun Cannon” Booby Hebert said earlier this week on WWL Radio that defensive tackle, linebacker and cornerback are among the positions the Saints should target.
The 2021 NFL Draft class features several talented prospects at those positions Hebert said their one position he thinks New Orleans should target with its first pick.
“I would go with D-tackle because I think its going to be imperative that we’re still able to stop the run and have that rotation,” he said. “I think that’s significant losses with Malcom Brown and Sheldon Rankins.”
Brown was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Rankins signed with the New York Jets in free agency. One player Hebert thinks could fill the void of those departures is Iowa’s Daviyon Nixon
“He can rush the passer, you get that interior pass rush,” Hebert said.
He also offered some options at cornerback, Georgia’s Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes, as the Saints are looking to replace starter Janoris Jenkins.
“When you look at Tyson Campbell, he’s a rare big corner who moves like a much smaller one,” Hebert said. “And then when I look at Stokes, he’s another one, a teammate, and with all the stuff I was reading, He’s pro ready and likely to start early in the NFL.”
Hebert also likes a couple linebackers for the Saints in Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Tulsa’s Zaven Collins. The “Cajun Cannon” particularly thinks Owusu-Koramoah would pair well with Saints All-Pro linebacker Demario Davis
“This is what caught my attention, his ability to matchup with tight ends and even some bug slot receivers,” Hebert said. “I thought ‘Woah!’”