By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent
With the NFL draft less than a week away, I am taking a look at a few players that could be there for the New Orleans Saints in first-round.
The Saints will have the 24th pick in the first round of the draft.
Justin Jefferson, Wide Receiver, LSU
It’s a long shot that Jefferson would still be available at #24, but I have seen bigger longshots get to this point.
The former Destrehan High School standout was the best slot-wide receiver in the nation in 2019, catching 111 passes for 1,540 yards, he averaged 13.9 yards per catch and scored 18 touchdowns.
While Ja’Marr Chase emerged as a star wide-out for the Tigers, it was Jefferson who quarterback Joe Burrow trusted the most to get open in certain down and distance situations. If LSU needed a big-play, Jefferson got it for the Tigers.
I have Jefferson off the board by the time the Saints pick in the first round, but if he is there, I don’t see how New Orleans could pass on him.
Whoever selects the 6-1, 200-pound end is getting a first-rate route runner. He is a terrific set-up guy to gain separation downfield. He is sure-handed, quick to get into and out of his cuts and breaks, he has excellent foot speed and he is a competitor at the highest level.
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