We’re a long way off from the 2021 NFL Draft, but with bowl season set to begin soon it’s worth taking another look at which prospects could be on the New Orleans Saints’ radar in the spring. So it’s as good a time as any to run through another seven-round mock draft, courtesy of the Draft Network mock draft machine.
It’s kind of tough to project where they’ll stand. Salary cap casualties feel inevitable, and free agency should be a toss-up. Compensatory draft picks for 2021 won’t be announced until the offseason, and the Saints should receive two of them: a third rounder for losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth rounder for losing linebacker A.J. Klein.
But the NFL is reportedly cracking down on teams that circumvent the comp picks policy, and could rescind that sixth-round pick because the Saints waited to sign quarterback Jameis Winston after the deadline. It figures that teams like the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens got away with this for decades only for the Saints to take the fall for it. While we won’t know for sure until next year, I’ll assume the Saints don’t receive that sixth rounder.