Grading the Saints Day 2 draft picks

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John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints were active on the second day of the 2021 NFL draft, adding an immediate upgrade at linebacker in round two before trading up quickly in round three to go find a potential starter at cornerback. So how do you grade those picks? Here’s my immediate take:

Round 2: LB Pete Werner, Ohio State

Werner tested like one of the best athletes in his draft class, and he boasts greater starting experience in high-stakes games than many other prospects. But he needs to do a better job of carrying that athleticism over once the pads go on. His strong football instincts and mistake-free style of play should keep him around the league for a long time -- especially if he's eager to help out on special teams. Here's hoping he has more than a high talent floor. Grade: B

Round 3: CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford

I'll be quick about this: Adebo is my favorite Saints draft pick so far. He's a high-level athlete with incredible closing speed to compete against every target thrown into his coverage, and his background as a high school wide receiver is reflected in his ridiculous ball skills. He may not start in Week 1 (look for the Saints to sign a veteran) but he has all the tools to become a Pro Bowler in a year or two. The only thing I don't like about this pick is that the Saints spent multiple picks to trade up and get him. The Grade: A

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