New Orleans Saints Draft Recap
Overall Grade: B+
Going into the 2020 NFL Draft, the Saints didn't have many draft picks, but they also didn't have many massive holes that needed to be accounted for. Being a 13-3 team last season, New Orleans is a team with great talent and fantastic coaching. If there were to be a list of positions that the team needed to fill, it would probably be something around the receiver and tight-end position. They addressed those positions and have built a great team around Drew Brees in an effort to win one more Super Bowl with the all-time great quarterback.
With the first pick for the Saints coming at the 24th pick in the first round, New Orleans elected to go with offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz out of Michigan. This pick didn't seem to be the greatest in my opinion as the Saints offensive line is already great as well as the fact that they drafted Erik McCoy last year. This pick does basically give the Saints a completely capable offensive line as I expect Ruiz to move to guard which he is perfectly capable of doing. At 6'4 and 319 lbs, Ruiz has a great frame but is also very athletic and has great ability to pull and use his quickness to his benefit. He gives the Saints great versatility on the inside and should be able to start right away with the recent release of Larry Warford.
Pick Grade: B+
With the 10th pick in the third round of the draft the Saints took linebacker Zack Baun out of Wisconsin. Baun brings a good skillset to the table as he is good both rushing the passer as well as playing off the ball. Baun is an all-around player that is pretty good at a lot of things but isn't the best at any one key component. He has a great motor and is involved in a lot of plays. He's can be a 3-down linebacker and as a good pickup for the Saints at this spot as he is a very good player.
Pick Grade: A-
The Saints had two picks in the third round and went with TE Adam Trautman with their selection. Trautman was one of the better TE's this year and it was kind of a surprise to see him fall to the fifth TE selected. He is still pretty raw given the fact that he didn't start playing TE until college, but his physical ability is what gives him such great upside. He's 6'5 and 251 lbs and can be used in a number of ways to highlight his versatility. Trautman is going to a great landing spot, and playing behind Jared Cook won't be the worst thing in the world. Trautman is a great work-in-progress and could make an impact soon.
Pick Grade: B+
All-in-all, the Saints did a decent job at continuing to select players for the development of the team. This team is already a contender in the NFC, and it seems to me like they're ready to make another run at it.