Updated Saints draft needs going into Day 3 of 2021 draft

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John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints addressed their two most important needs on the second day of the 2021 NFL draft, but they could still use more help at a few other positions. After reinforcing their defensive line with Houston’s Payton Turner in the first round, they brought in a starting linebacker in Ohio State’s Pete Werner and an electrifying cornerback with Stanford’s Paulson Adebo. So where should they go next? Let’s update their positional needs:

Wide receiver

The Saints still have not replaced Emmanuel Sanders in the receiving corps, and while there's optimism that Tre'Quan Smith can step up with Jameis Winston at quarterback, they don't have anyone with extensive NFL reps behind Smith and Michael Thomas. Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, Lil'Jordan Humphrey, and Juwan Johnson are a crowd of undrafted backups who haven't had to take on heavy roles just yet. Prospects to watch:

  • Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC

  • Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

  • Seth Williams, Auburn

  • Ihmir Smith-Marsette. Iowa

  • Josh Imatorbhebhe, Illinois

Defensive tackle

Unless someone like Tanoh Kpassagnon moves inside, the Saints are probably going to ask backups Shy Tuttle and Malcom Roach to step up and replace Sheldon Rankins and Malcom Brown. That's a big ask if it's the case. There are options in the draft, but also on the veteran free agent market (Geno Atkins, Kawann Short, and Sheldon Richardson are all available). It's a spot to keep in mind. Prospects to watch:

  • Daviyon Nixon, Iowa

  • Jay Tufele, USC

  • Tommy Togiai, Ohio State

  • Tyler Shelvin, LSU

  • Marvin Wilson, Florida State

Quarterback

It's unlikely that any passers picked at this point will be able to challenge Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, but someone needs to push Trevor Siemian for the backup job. And while there was a run on quarterbacks to close the second round (which the Saints thankfully avoided), more rookies who could be better value picks are waiting in the wings. Prospects to watch:

  • Jamie Newman, Wake Forest

  • Sam Ehlinger, Texas

  • Ian Book, Notre Dame

  • Feleipe Franks, Arkansas

  • Shane Buechele, SMU

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