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Isaac Nauta from UGA and Andy Isabella the UMASS slot wide receiver would probably be the two quickest contributors available to the Saints. UGA Wideout/return specialist Mecole Hardman Jr. would also potentially solve two issues with one pick. Also, Alize Mack the tight end from Notre Dame deserves a look, as he's crazy athletic, and Donald Parham, TE, Stetson is just a monster of a man.
 

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Isaac Nauta from UGA and Andy Isabella the UMASS slot wide receiver would probably be the two quickest contributors available to the Saints. UGA Wideout/return specialist Mecole Hardman Jr. would also potentially solve two issues with one pick. Also, Alize Mack the tight end from Notre Dame deserves a look, as he's crazy athletic, and Donald Parham, TE, Stetson is just a monster of a man.
I like both Isabella and Nauta a lot, and would be happy with the pick, but I'm thinking there will be an even better receiving option on the board when the Saints are on the clock in round 2. Not sure who slips, but someone like Deebo Samuel would be awesome.
 

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I like both Isabella and Nauta a lot, and would be happy with the pick, but I'm thinking there will be an even better receiving option on the board when the Saints are on the clock in round 2. Not sure who slips, but someone like Deebo Samuel would be awesome.
I don't think there is a better "fit" for what this offense was lacking to end the season that Isabella. Including 1st round prospects. If you want to see a clinic on how to play slot receiver, go watch him against the Bulldawgs this past season. 15 catches for 219 yards and 2 TDs, the most yards ever allowed in Stanford Stadium history.

“What a player. I mean, he did a phenomenal job,” the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm said. “It didn’t matter who we put on him, he was finding a way to get separation and get open. I don’t know if he dropped a ball. I don’t know if anybody else caught a ball. But he did awesome. It seemed like every time they threw it there he was again catching it. Man, great player, really exciting, really fun to watch.”
 

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I don't think there is a better "fit" for what this offense was lacking to end the season that Isabella. Including 1st round prospects. If you want to see a clinic on how to play slot receiver, go watch him against the Bulldawgs this past season. 15 catches for 219 yards and 2 TDs, the most yards ever allowed in Stanford Stadium history.

“What a player. I mean, he did a phenomenal job,” the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm said. “It didn’t matter who we put on him, he was finding a way to get separation and get open. I don’t know if he dropped a ball. I don’t know if anybody else caught a ball. But he did awesome. It seemed like every time they threw it there he was again catching it. Man, great player, really exciting, really fun to watch.”
I'm a fan, but I'd take Deebo over Andy any day. Deebo would almost be like if Kamara was a full time WR. Golden Tate is probably the most common comparison for him.
 

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I don't think there is a better "fit" for what this offense was lacking to end the season that Isabella. Including 1st round prospects. If you want to see a clinic on how to play slot receiver, go watch him against the Bulldawgs this past season. 15 catches for 219 yards and 2 TDs, the most yards ever allowed in Stanford Stadium history.

“What a player. I mean, he did a phenomenal job,” the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm said. “It didn’t matter who we put on him, he was finding a way to get separation and get open. I don’t know if he dropped a ball. I don’t know if anybody else caught a ball. But he did awesome. It seemed like every time they threw it there he was again catching it. Man, great player, really exciting, really fun to watch.”
While we're at it, JJ Arcega-Whiteside is another WR I'd take over Isabella if he falls to our pick. He's a different type receiver, but could be a Cooper Kupp type from the slot. I've actually seen some compare him to Mike Evans.
 

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I'm a fan, but I'd take Deebo over Andy any day. Deebo would almost be like if Kamara was a full time WR. Golden Tate is probably the most common comparison for him.
Possibly, but their comparison against similar opponents (UGA and Coastal Carolina) shows a clear advantage for Isabella. I'd be fine with either, but I just have this hunch that Isabella ends up being a quicker offensive contributor, and therefore more valuable to me in terms of next year's contention window. Even over Hardman, who has a crazy high ceiling.
 

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I like Deebo and Andy Isabella. Would prefer Deebo, though, out of the two. But we'd have to either move up, or hope he falls and draft him in RD 2 if were looking at him as our guy. Same goes for Isabella, we'd prob have to be in the 3rd-4th to get him. On that note, a budding slot WR that I watched this year was John Ursua from Hawaii. That guy was clutch all year for them. He has a lot of the same traits as Isabella, size, speed, and play style. Ursua is on the smaller side and played in Hawaii's relentless pass heavy O, but he def has the hands, is pretty twitched up and has a knack for getting open quickly. When we're talking day 3 slot WRs, John Ursua is my dude all the way. Kind of shocked he didnt get an invite to the combine. Ursua reminds me of a twitched up version of Doug Baldwin.

 

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PFF loves Isabella but I am not nearly as sold on him. I watched a few of his games and he takes way too many hard shots at that level of competition. The smaller guys in his mold that make it usually have quite a bit of bulk and are able to avoid direct contact. He also offers very little as a blocker in the slot, which the Saints really need in this offense. Maybe I’m wrong and his route running prevails, but I’d be nervous about him. I think he’s probably a 5th round or later guy.

AJ Brown is the best fit in this offense in the class. Obviously it’s asking a ton for him to drop to NO late in round 2, but he’s the best possible option in terms of the WRs in this class, in my opinion. Outside of Brown, I really like Kelvin Harmon in round 2.
 

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I think WR who has massive upside and could be another 2nd RD steal, a la Mike T, is Colorado St's Preston Williams. He's a former teammate of Kamara's, too. I think he looks eerily similar to Mike T, which is an awesome thing.

 

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You want 2 names to keep an eye on.
WR Anthony Johnson and QB Tyree Jackson both from Buffalo. Johnson is the real deal at WR and he's going to be in the league with people saying how did we miss this guy.

Jackson is a big QB with a big arm. He won't be a starter from day 1 but if he's in the right situation he will have a good career.
 

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You want 2 names to keep an eye on.
WR Anthony Johnson and QB Tyree Jackson both from Buffalo. Johnson is the real deal at WR and he's going to be in the league with people saying how did we miss this guy.

Jackson is a big QB with a big arm. He won't be a starter from day 1 but if he's in the right situation he will have a good career.
This class is so deep at WR that guys like Johnson get lost in the mix, but you’re right. There are a few WRs that will go in those middle rounds, but contribute tremendously in the NFL. Anthony Johnson, Stanley Morgan Jr (Nebraska), Tyre Brady (Marshall), etc. Several guys that don’t blow away with freakish athletic traits, but are solid and capable for what they will be asked. I can legitimately envision 20 or so of the WRs from this class playing meaningful snaps next year. Great class.

And if I had to rank right now, I would say Tyree Jackson is a top 5 QB this year. He has a lot of the same arm talent and physical traits Jimmy Garoppolo had coming into the league, but is a better raw athlete. I think his stock will rise in the coming months.
 

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