Saints 7-round 2024 Mock Draft

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Saints 7-round 2024 Mock Draft

With the 2024 NFL Draft on the horizon, the Orleans Saints have an excellent chance to rebuild and retool a roster that narrowly missed the postseason cut. This mock draft delves into how the Saints could strategically use their draft picks to enhance their roster’s capabilities and re-enter the competitive arena. The right picks could transform potential into real performance in the upcoming season.

New Orleans Saints’ 2023 Season Recap

The 2023 season marked the Saints’ second season under head coach Dennis Allen. The team improved upon their 7–10 record from 2022, yet missed the playoffs for the third straight year. It was also their first season with QB Derek Carr. The Saints ended the season tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC South division title and were also knotted in a three-way tie with the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks for the final Wild Card spot. Unfortunately, the Saints were unsuccessful in both tiebreaker scenarios.

Taysom Hill next to Rashid Shaheed

Draft Context

The Saints struggled in the trenches during the 2023 season. This was evident in their inability to secure a postseason berth. Their offensive and defensive lines were middling at best, with rankings of 18th and 20th in overall grade, respectively. The acquisition of Chase Young via free agency is expected to bolster their defense, though. This prompts a focus on strengthening the offensive line through the draft.

Despite a relatively strong performance in coverage last season, the Saints had significant difficulties in defending against slot receivers. They ranked among the NFL’s worst. This specific weakness makes targeting a cornerback at some point, especially one adept at handling slot duties, a logical move.

Here we will look at the rookie prospects that the New Orleans Saints might pick up in our 7-round 2024 Mock Draft.

Pick No. 14: Taliese Fuaga, OL, Oregon State

Taliese Fuaga stands out as the formidable force every NFL lineup aspires to have dominating the line of scrimmage. He exhibits a relentless finisher’s approach in the run game. He also demonstrates a strong desire to overpower defenders. Sure, his pass protection technique shows some limitations in stride length. However, his quick footwork compensates effectively. Fuaga maintains a robust, wide stance that quickly counters bull rushes. That is paired with hands that are ready and accurately positioned for powerful strikes. Despite a tendency to engage prematurely in pass protection, his improved patience in 2023 suggests promising developments.

Pick No. 45: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

After transferring from Michigan State to Florida State in 2023, Keon Coleman has proven himself as a formidable contested-catch receiver. Coleman thrives on physical play against cornerbacks and excels in securing receptions amidst tight coverage. Despite concerns about his separation abilities, Coleman’s potential to excel in contested situations mirrors the traits of top-tier NFL receivers.

Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Keon Coleman (4) makes a catch against the Louisville Cardinals in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium
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Pick No. 150: Leonard Taylor III, DL, Miami

Leonard Taylor III has a linebacker-like build at 6’4 and 305 pounds. He showcases potent pass-rushing skills starting with an aggressive first step and powerful hand techniques. Although his strike precision can vary, Taylor is a formidable run defender. His main drawback is his inconsistent leverage. This can sometimes make it easier for opponents to control him, yet his explosive moments highlight his potential impact.

Pick No. 168: Kamal Hadden, CB, Tennessee

Kamal Hadden’s journey from a community college to a potential NFL prospect is marked by his resilience and determination. His blend of size and speed makes him a versatile defender. He is adept at both man and zone coverage. Sure, he is still refining his press coverage techniques and tackling. That said, Hadden’s improvements over the past year indicate significant potential for growth in professional play.

Pick No. 170: KT Leveston, OL, Kansas State

Initially a left tackle at Kansas State, KT Leveston’s transition to guard in the NFL could leverage his substantial power and experience. His prowess in the run game and ability to engage effectively with defenders are key strengths. However, his hand positioning remains an area for improvement. He is often too low and wide, which could be a critical focus in his development.

Pick No. 175: Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State

Jordan Travis showcases mobility and aptitude for RPO and play-action schemes. This makes him an adaptable quarterback prospect. His smaller stature and hand size present challenges, particularly in ball control and throw power. These require full-body effort for stronger throws. Nevertheless, his accuracy and calm under pressure, especially when making mid-field throws, are commendable attributes.

Pick No. 190: Michael Barrett, LB, Michigan

Michael Barrett’s extensive collegiate experience and notable success since 2020 make him a promising candidate for NFL defenses. This is particularly true in coverage roles. Though his run defense may limit him to situational play, his speed and coverage skills could find him a specialized role at the professional level.

Pick No. 199: Dominique Hampton, S, Washington

Dominique Hampton is a physically gifted safety prospect whose size and athleticism could serve well in the NFL. His ability to make impactful tackles and utilize his wingspan effectively in open space is a key strength that could translate well in professional settings.

Pick No. 239: Bub Means, WR, Pittsburgh

Bub Means has the physical attributes of a prototypical NFL wide receiver. He combines size with speed to challenge defenders on deep routes. His capabilities suggest the potential to be a significant deep threat in the Saints’ offensive arsenal.

This mock draft targets vital enhancements for the Saints, aiming to bolster both defensive and offensive lines and infuse the roster with promising young talent at key positions to elevate their competitive edge.

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