How will the Saints use their picks in the 2019 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
The Saints clinched their second straight NFC South division championship on a 13–3 season in 2018. New Orleans' season ended in the controversial NFC Championship game with a 26–23 overtime loss to the Rams.
The team took defensive end Marcus Davenport out of the University of Texas, San Antonio with their first selection in the 2018 draft.
The Saints do not have a first-round pick in this year's draft after trading it to the Packers, who will take someone with the No. 30 pick that previously belonged to New Orleans. In addition to their first-round selection, the Saints also traded away their third and fourth-round picks, leaving the team with limited selections early in the draft.
We're breaking down each of the Saints' selections in this year's NFL draft with grades from The MMQB's Andy Benoit, as well as providing a full list of New Orleans' picks, which will be updated as the draft continues.
Round 2, Pick 16 (No. 48 overall): Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M
Andy Benoit's grade: A
Simple as this: Veteran center Max Unger abruptly retired and the Saints are unwilling to be weak inside. With Drew Brees at QB, the integrity of the interior pocket is as critical as anything. Scouts believe McCoy can assume a starting job right away. He is a crafty technician who has the movement skills to execute man blocks and zone blocks.
Round 4, Pick 3 (No. 105 overall): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Round 6, Pick 4 (No.177 overall): Saquan Hampton, S, Rutgers
Round 7, Pick 17, (No. 231 overall): Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
Round 7, Pick 30 (No. 244 overall): Kaden Elliss, LB, Idaho
See every NFL team's 2019 picks by clicking the links below.
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