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New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our New Orleans Saints Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New Orleans Saints from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Saints:

Rotoworld - Thor Nystrom (8/21)

29. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Assuming Adam Trautman doesn't show star traits immediately, New Orleans may be in the market for a difference-making tight end next offseason. Pitts is the most skilled and explosive receiving option in this class. He was easily Florida's most reliable target last year. And with Alvin Kamara's future potentially up in the air as the Saints assess their cap situation following the 2020 season, New Orleans may just use this slot to grab the best offensive playmaker they can get their hands on.

PFF - Mike Renner (8/19)

30. Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

This one is still a massive projection as Surratt was a bit of a rollercoaster in his first season at linebacker after switching from quarterback. He's an incredibly smooth athlete and has the willingness to stick his nose in it that you either have or you don't at linebacker. At the same time, he was a horrendous tackler, with 27 misses on 130 attempts, and he had a ton of misreads on tape. I can forgive those in Year 1, but if they're still an issue on his tape in 2020, he won't sneak his way into the first round.

The Draft Network - Kyle Crabbs (8/19)

28. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

The Saints pluck a tight end of their own, landing athletic Kyle Pitts to serve as another compliment to Michael Thomas in the passing game. The Saints will have a hard time retaining Alvin Kamara in free agency with their salary cap situation, so another athletic mismatch-type player to add to the passing game will be an important layer to account for as the team transitions away from QB Drew Brees -- who is expected to retire after the season.

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New Orleans Saints 53-Man Roster Projections

NFL franchises need to cut their current roster to 53 players by September 5th at 4:00 p.m. ET.

With NFL training camps opening up, we will track 53-man roster projections for the New Orleans Saints from various local beat writers.

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2020 NFL Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New Orleans Saints rank in terms of average, best and worst in our consensus Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings:

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

Since we last checked in on the Saints, New Orleans added two quarterbacks: the No. 1 pick in 2015 and five-year Tampa Bay starter Jameis Winston and rookie Tommy Stevens, a seventh-round pick out of Mississippi State. Neither should have too much of a bearing on the Saints' immediate status (or ranking) beyond an added layer to the Week 1 game between the Saints and Buccaneers. But the reconstituted group, with the new guys joining Taysom Hill, leads to interesting questions about who will replace Drew Brees.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

Adding Emmanuel Sanders will help the offense and they have much of their team back from a year ago. That's enough to make them a true contender.

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New Orleans Saints: 2020 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Saints in 2020.

WeekDateOpponentTime (ET) / Tickets
Week 1Sun., Sept. 13vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 2Sun., Sept. 20at Las Vegas Raiders8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 3Sun., Sept. 27vs. Green Bay Packers8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 4Sun., Oct. 4at Detroit Lions1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 5Sun., Oct. 11vs. Los Angeles Chargers8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 6BYE
Week 7Sun., Oct. 25vs. Carolina Panthers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 8Sun., Nov. 1at Chicago Bears4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 9Sun., Nov. 8at Tampa Bay Buccaneers8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 10Sun., Nov. 15vs. San Francisco 49ers4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 11Sun., Nov. 22vs. Atlanta Falcons1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 12Sun., Nov. 29at Denver Broncos4:05 PM / Tickets
Week 13Sun., Dec. 6at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 14Sun., Dec. 13at Philadelphia Eagles4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 15Sun., Dec. 20vs. Kansas City Chiefs4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 16Sun., Dec. 27vs. Minnesota Vikings4:30 PM / Tickets
Week 17Sun., Jan. 3at Carolina Panthers1:00 PM / Tickets

The New Orleans Saints have the 24th-most difficult schedule based on the record of last year's opponents (2020 NFL strength of schedule).

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New Orleans Saints - 2020 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2020 NFL Draft picks selected by the New Orleans Saints.

124Cesar RuizCMichigan
374Zack BaunLBWisconsin
3105Adam TrautmanTEDayton
7240Tommy StevensQBMississippi State

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Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

Taking an average of the fantasy football points allowed in 2019 by every team's 2020 opponents, we have an idea of how easy or difficult the upcoming schedule is for each team's position groups for the 2020 season.

Below is where the New Orleans Saints rank in 2020 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule:

Pos.Avg. (Rank)Playoffs (Rank)Full SOS grids
QB15.74 (20)46.38 (28)2020 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule
RB16.87 (26)54.82 (17)2020 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule
WR21.23 (4)67.78 (11)2020 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule
TE6.74 (24)18.79 (29)2020 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule
Average = per game average allowed by 2020 opponents for Weeks 1 to 16.
Playoffs = sum of averages for opponents in Weeks 14 to 16.

MORE: Weekly breakdown of New Orleans Saints Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule

New Orleans Saints Fantasy Football Projections

Not only do we have fantasy football projections by positions, we have team-by-team fantasy projections as well.

Here are our projections for the New Orleans Saints running backs for the 2020 NFL season:

Alvin Kamara194.9906.38.2875.3621.23.39222.77
Injury forced him to miss a couple of games in the middle of the season and limited his effectiveness down the stretch, but Kamara still finished as fantasy's RB9 on a per-game basis in 2019. One of the league's most talented receivers out of the backfield, Kamara has exactly 81 catches in each of his three seasons, but he averaged a career-high 5.8 receptions per game last year. Kamara, who scored a touchdown per every 15.35 touches in his first two NFL seasons, could be the benefactor of some positive touchdown regression as that number plummeted to one score per every 42 touches in 2019.
Latavius Murray115.7480.23.7623158.70.6990.59
Over a two-game span that Kamara sat out, Murray performed as fantasy's RB1. In those two games, Murray accounted for 307 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns on 62 touches. If Kamara were to miss any time in 2020, Murray would become a must-start play.
Ty Montgomery22.395.90.678.863.40.2621.51
Dwayne Washington6.1220.
Michael Burton12.

MORE: See our full New Orleans Saints Fantasy Football Projections

New Orleans Saints Fantasy Football ADPs

When it comes time to draft our fantasy football teams, it's helpful to know where players are typically being selected in fantasy football drafts.

As we approach the 2020 NFL season, the tool that helps us understand where players are being selected, on average, is fantasy football average draft position (ADP).

Using data from Fantasy Football Calculator, we have set up pages for all fantasy-relevant players that depicts their current trends in standard-scoring and PPR-scoring ADPs.

The chart below displays the Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (ADP) movement over the past 30 days for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas in 12-team standard-scoring formats.

Michael Thomas Average Draft Position

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New Orleans Saints Stats

The franchise statistical leaders for the New Orleans Saints are listed in the table below:

Statistical CategoryLeader
Passing YardageDrew Brees - 65,068
Rushing YardageDeuce McAllister - 6,096
Receiving YardageMarques Colston - 9,759
SacksRickey Jackson - 115
InterceptionsDave Waymer - 37
Coaching WinsSean Payton - 131

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