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2021 Draft Picks: All New Orleans Saints picks from the NFL Draft

The post-Drew Brees era has officially begun for the Saints, but they were able to partially fill that void by keeping Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston around.

The biggest needs going into the draft were finding some help for Michael Thomas at receiver, but the defense needed a serious boost at CB as well.

READ MORE: All picks from round one of the 2021 NFL Draft

In the end they also found a way to take another QB although it looks like Ian Book is very much a project for now, and it was the defense that took priority in the early rounds:

New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Picks

RoundPickPlayerPosition
128Payton TurnerDE
260Pete WernerLB
376Paulson AdeboCB
4133Ian BookQB
6206Landon YoungOT
7255Kawaan BakerWR

The Saints have been pushing the envelope for a while now when it comes to cap space and trying to go all-out for a Super Bowl in Brees’ final years, so there may be an element of a reset with them next year.

There’s still a ton of talent on this roster and they could be play-off contenders if Hill or Winston can step up, but expectations may have to be lowered somewhat.

Tom has a deep passion for soccer and has worked as a coach and a first-team scout alongside covering everything from the Champions League to Croatian non-league stories. He also loves the NFL and sees nothing wrong with staying up til 5am on a regular basis to watch it in the UK

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