All of the chips were pushed in on a Super Bowl run in 2018, but a botched call in the NFC championship game’s final minutes helped push the Saints into another early postseason exit. Part of the frustrations were due to an unexciting rookie draft class; Marcus Davenport, the much-lauded target of a draft day trade, had not produced much before a midseason toe injury slowed him down. The only other notable draft pick to even make the team, Tre’Quan Smith, was an inconsistent part of the receiving corps. The Saints needed reinforcements.
And they found some right away in 2019. Let’s keep our 2021 NFL draft countdown running: