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Saints 2021 Draft Prospects: Amari Rodgers

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This wideout from a national powerhouse has slipped under the draft radar, but has the potential to make an immediate impact as a mid-round draft choice.

By Bob Rose | SI


New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas suffered an ankle injury in the 2020 season opener that would hamper the team's passing attack all season. Thomas, a four-time 1,000-yard receiver, three-time All-Pro, and holder of the NFL single-season reception record, played in only seven games and was not nearly at full strength all year.

Veteran wideout Emmanuel Sanders stepped into the team's top receiving role in his first season with the Saints, but he’s more suitable as a number two wideout. Sanders was released this offseason because of salary cap reasons.

Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris have each shown great promise and will be counted on for bigger contributions going forward. The team also hopes to finally get consistent production from 2018 3rd round pick Tre'Quan Smith.

With the offseason retirement of legendary quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints will be starting a new signal-caller for the first time since 2005. They could look to provide their new quarterback with additional weapons through the draft, even with a healthy Thomas back in the lineup.

New Orleans may use their early-round draft picks to shore up defensive needs. There are several wideouts that will be available through the second and third days who look like they could be immediate contributors in the league.

Today's draft spotlight focuses on a player from a national powerhouse that has slipped under the draft radar.

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Transition Times at the New Orleans Saints?

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By Calvin Barber | Big Easy Magazine

More than a decade now since the New Orleans Saints last graced the Super Bowl in 2009, the battle for NFL supremacy has almost become a tale of so near, yet so far. Gridiron fans in the Big Easy are passionate about their team, while the franchise itself is built around a strong desire for success.

However, the Saints have yet to go marching in towards another Super Bowl, as that objective remains just beyond reach. Following an encouraging period in recent years, albeit without landing the biggest NFL prize, the franchise could be headed towards another spell of transition. Sean Payton may be faced with rebuilding his team once again.

Despite being the best team in the NFC South Division for the last four seasons, the Saints haven’t been able to convert regular season form into postseason progress. The closest New Orleans came was during the 2018 campaign, reaching the NFC Championship game. One step away from appearing at Super Bowl LIII, the Saints were agonizingly defeated 26-23 in sudden death overtime.

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Prospects for Saints to Avoid in 2021 NFL Draft

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By Joe Tansey | Bleacher Report

Quarterbacks fly off the draft board like the hottest toy of the Christmas season.

If the New Orleans Saints were in the market for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL draft, they would be out of luck on the top prospects at the 28th overall pick.

Even if the Saints showed interest in a signal-caller, they would be looking at the fifth- or sixth-best arm on the board.

New Orleans also appears to be set with its running back depth, as Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray are back to partner either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill.

In fact, most of the positions the Saints should avoid in the draft are on the offensive side of the ball.

There likely is not anything wrong with the prospects they should avoid, but they just do not fit the needs of the franchise.

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If Saints drafted Notre Dame's Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, what would they get? Versatility.

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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After cutting Kwon Alexander to gain $13 million in cap space and letting Alex Anzalone sign with the Detroit Lions, the New Orleans Saints could use an athletic playmaker at linebacker to line up next to star Demario Davis.

Could that player be Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah? The 2020 Butkus Award winner could be in play for the Saints at No. 28 in the back end of the first round.

One of the more athletic defenders in this year’s draft class fits the modern day NFL — with the athleticism to play on the boundary, the toughness to play near the line of scrimmage and the aptitude to...
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Mel Kiper’s latest mock should excite Saints fans

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Another week, another mock draft. The 2021 NFL Draft is getting closer and closer, with the Jacksonville Jaguars set to go on the clock with the first overall pick at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29th.

By the time the New Orleans Saints are on the clock with the 28th overall pick, it’s hard to know who exactly will be available and who would best fit in with the Saints needs. For Mel Kiper and his recent two-round mock for ESPN (Insider required), he thinks the Saints will be able (and willing) to grab Tulsa linebacker Zalen Collins:

Many other popular names were already off the board...
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Saints 2021 offseason preview: Running Backs

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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The 2020 Saints backfield was highlighted by the career year of Alvin Kamara. A career year for a player the caliber of Kamara is something that will be remembered for a while in New Orleans, as Kamara posted 1,688 total yards and 21 total touchdowns, both career highs. His 2020 season was capped off by a brilliant 6 rushing touchdown performance on Christmas Day against the Vikings, the most in a single game in the Super Bowl era. He certainly earned the five-year extension he signed in the offseason and will be the center piece of the Saints offense for many years to come.

Latavius...
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Assessing the quarterback landscape across the NFL

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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In the 2021 NFL Draft, there are plenty of options at quarterback. It’s presumed the Jacksonville Jaguars will select Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence with the number one overall pick. Behind Lawrence, there is far from a consensus of who the next best quarterbacks are. BYU Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, and Alabama’s Mac Jones all have viable claims and vocal supporters.

With so many quarterbacks either available now via free agency or available later during the draft, now is a good time to take look around the NFL and gauge the quarterback climate...
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Sheldon Rankins: I’m 100 percent healthy

  • News source: Myles Simmons
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Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins has dealt with several injuries over the course of his five-year career. But after signing a two-year, $17 million deal with the Jets in free agency, he’s expecting to put all those concerns behind him.

“I’m 100 percent healthy,” Rankins said Tuesday, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “I feel like I’m able to do all the things I was able to do before and more, which is a blessing. At one point through the entire rehabilitation process for both legs there was time when I began to doubt that I would be able to do all of those things again. I can stand...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 14: Son of Saints wide receiver says he would “shut down” his father

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Officially licensed face coverings are now available, with a new, more protective design.

In a recent interview, cornerback Jaycee Horn says that he would “shut down” his father, former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn, in one-on-one coverage if both men were in their prime.

A profile on fullback Alex Armah, one of the Saints most recent signees.

Dr. Reef, strength and conditioning coach who has also worked with Alvin Kamara, shares Kwon Alexander’s progress.

A case for why the Saints should not draft Penn State defensive end Jayson Oweh.

Closely analyzing which players will likely be...
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Walker: Ranking the best 7th round (and later) draft picks in New Orleans Saints history

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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This is the first in a seven-part series on the New Orleans Saints draft picks through the years. We'll rank the top draft picks by round. Today, we will start with the seventh round. (Because the NFL draft was more than seven rounds before 1994, we'll include any players drafted later than that as well.) The Saints have two seventh round picks in this year's draft, scheduled for April 29 through May 1.

They are the hidden gems, guys who had to wait until late in the draft to hear their names called.

For some, the wait was longer than they wanted it to be.

For others, they were just...
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Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Questions about the NFL draft, filling positions of need

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Welcome back to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate's Saints mailbag.

Every week during the season and at assorted times of high-interest throughout the year, I hand-pick a few questions from my Twitter mentions and emails to attempt to satisfy y'all's Saints curiosities

If you want your question included in my mailbag — I will do at least one more NFL draft-centered mailbag before draft day — send them to me on Twitter at @Amie_Just or email them my way at ajust@theadvocate.com.

Here are some questions you asked two and a half weeks ahead of the NFL draft:

A: Slim to none...
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Casting the New Orleans Saints: Here's who we'd pick to play Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, others

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Kevin James is the next Sean Payton? That's true, at least so far as an upcoming Netflix movie is concerned.

The movie "Home Team" documents the year Payton coached his son youth football team as he was suspended from the NFL over the Bountygate scandal. The movie, with James' portrayal of Payton, is expected to begin filming this year.

But that revelation got me thinking, who would play the rest of the New Orleans Saints?

I put out a casting call and took my best shot at casting a dozen of the most recognizable names and faces around the franchise.

A couple notes:

So, without...
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Getting to know one of the newest Saints, Alex Armah

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The New Orleans Saints have added a whopping three new players in free agency this offseason: a rotational defensive end, a blocking tight end, and a full back. In order to get to know one of the Saints’ newest additions, it’s best to turn to the fans who followed those players last season. For the Saints’ new fullback, former Carolina Panther Alex Armah, we’re fortunate to have Bradley Smith from Cat Scratch Reader answer five questions about Sean Payton’s newest toy.

First thoughts: If I asked you to tell Saints fans generally what they can expect from Alex Armah in 2021, what would you...
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New Orleans Saints draft pick trade scenarios for 2021

  • News source: Gregory Layfield
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The New Orleans Saints have never been shy about trading up in the NFL draft. If a player the Saints desire is within grasp, the Saints front office has been known to go after them. The Saints do have draft ammunition to trade up in the first several rounds as well, with four picks in the first three rounds. With several positions of need to still address this off-season, trading up for players could very well be on the Saints minds come draft day.

DraftTek draft pick values were used for the purpose of this deep dive into the Saints trade scenarios. This analysis also does not include...
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The one player the Saints should avoid in the first round

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The New Orleans Saints should be able to head into the 2021 NFL Draft with the mentality of drafting the best player available. That’s not because the Saints are such a complete team that they don’t have a need at any particular position, but rather that the Saints have so many holes on the team that the best player available is likely an improvement on the Saints roster.

And while there are plenty of names the Saints could hope to take with the 28th spot in the first round, there are even more names the Saints should avoid. It would be silly to name all of the names of the players the...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 13: Saints continue to be linked to top quarterback draft pick

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Officially licensed face coverings are now available, with a new, more protective design.

Kevin James is set to portray Sean Payton in upcoming Netflix football movie “Home Team.”

The Twitter account for both the Saints and the Falcons have been poking fun at each other with Kevin James-themed tweets.

According to CBS Sports, but the Saints and the New England Patriots are very interested in Alabama quarterback Mac Jones.

Pro Football Focus names the Saints 2017 draft class the best draft class in the NFL since 2015.

The Saints are hoping on “big leaps” from guard Cesar Ruiz...
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The Saints have 8 picks in the NFL draft. Who are the best ever selected in those spots?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Could the New Orleans Saints snag a future Hall of Famer with the 28th overall pick? Or maybe at No. 60 a foundational player whose name will one day be a part of franchise lore?

Both outcomes are possible, if NFL draft history can be repeated.

The Saints are currently armed with eight picks in the 2021 draft, including four in the top 105. Let us (foolishly!) assume for this exercise that the Saints are going to keep each of those eight picks to ask this question: Who are some of the best players ever to be selected at pick Nos. 28, 60, 98, 105, 133, 218, 229 and 255?

To help answer...
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