The 2023 NFL Draft is fast approaching and the New Orleans Saints are already making plans to pick up some new talent. With a total of seven picks, including the 29th overall pick, there’s a lot of potential for the Saints to get solid players who can help them compete for a Super Bowl title.
Aside from the potential offseason moves, acquiring the best option in the upcoming draft is a must for the Saints, considering that Let’s explore the possible options of the Saints for their first-rounder:
1. Dalton Kincaid (TE)
Kincaid’s keen ability to create mismatches and block makes him a fit in today’s NFL. His receiver’s skills would be a sure asset in the shallow areas of the offense, and his presence would always force defenses to keep an eye on him. After the catch he is especially great, giving teams an even stronger reason to pick him up.
While Mayer may be a great addition, It is unlikely that he will still be available when it’s New Orleans’ turn to make their selection at pick No. 29. Kincaid stands out as an attractive choice in this situation.
2. Josh Downs (WR)
Josh Downs is an exceptional WR prospect and his potential is undeniable. His elite separation skills, alignment versatility, and knack for high-pointing the ball are what makes him so desirable for teams in need of a wide receiver. If the New Orleans Saints were to sign him, he’d pair up nicely with Chris Olave and become a great asset in their offense.
Going into the 2023 season, the 21-year-old prospect could be expected to bring over 70 catches which would present the Saints with a great opportunity for success despite the lack of certainty about Michael Thomas’ situation. Acquiring Josh Downs may just be the answer to all their questions.
3. Lukas Van Ness (EDGE)
Lukas Van Ness, one of the most promising amateur EDGE defenders in recent years, looks to be a perfect fit for New Orleans’ defense. He advances quickly with his technical skill and an extensive plan to tackle passing downs. His combination of speed and strength makes him a significant problem for any pocket quarterback he faces.
With the current experiment with Payton Turner not going as planned, New Orleans could turn their attention to the 6′5″ defensive end, who could be their defensive rookie of the year come next season. After all, they need to start looking at replacements as veteran Cameron Jordan will be 34 years old before the 2023 season kicks off.
4. Andrew Vorhees (IOL)
Andrew Vorhees has been great for the Trojans football team over the last six seasons. He’s known for his strong pass protection, only allowing three sacks in the past three seasons. It’s clear that he brings an attitude and toughness to the front line of any team, and would be an ideal addition to the Saints. His contributions could serve as a solid foundation for their game plan in years to come.
5. Calijah Kancey (IDL)
Calijah Kancey has been receiving plenty of hype ahead of the draft. At 6’0, he may be seen as a risk, but the film speaks volumes about his skills on defense. Over the past two seasons at his primary 3-tech position, he’s collected an impressive 17 sacks on 85 pressures.
This puts his ceiling incredibly high and teams who invest in him could easily look back in a few years wondering why they didn’t snap him up when they had the chance. Whoever chooses Kancey could end up with one of the best defenders from this year’s class.
New Orleans Saints Odds 2023
Another season, another chance for the saints to reclaim the NFC South Title. With. According to BetMGM Louisiana Sportsbook, the Saints are +3000 to win this year’s Super Bowl LVIII while DraftKings Louisiana listed them as +5000. DraftKings also listed them as +2200 to win in the NFC Conference.
The Saints are clearly not one of the favorites, but with the right additions, they could make a surprise run deep into the playoffs. If they manage to pick up some of these five prospects, their odds will only get better.