New Orleans Saints Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 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 New Orleans Saints:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (2/28)

14. Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Trevor Penning, a first-round pick in 2022, has started just six games in two seasons and was one of the league's worst pass-blocking left tackles when he did play in 2023. Could the Saints decide he's not going to be their left tackle of the future? It shouldn't be out of the question, especially as they again have salary cap issues.

If there's not an edge rusher or wide receiver they like available here, they should take Fashanu, who has the potential to be that guy in New Orleans. Fashanu, who turned 21 in December, allowed a single sack and eight total pressures in 21 college starts. He often dominated edge rushers.

The Athletic - CFB Writers (2/27)

14. Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Latu is an elite pass rusher, and although there are a number of areas that the Saints need to address this offseason, I'd prioritize increasing their defensive pressure. Cameron Jordan is 34 and can't do it alone. Obviously, NFL teams' impressions of Latu's medical history will be worth monitoring this spring. While at Washington in 2020, Latu suffered a neck injury during preseason practice that resulted in a medical retirement and two years away from the field. He transferred to UCLA in January 2022, was cleared by doctors to resume playing and has been one of the best edge defenders in the country since. — Auerbach

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2023 NFL Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the New Orleans Saints in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

Biggest offseason contract to watch: RT Ryan Ramczyk

The Saints will have to do their yearly series of restructures to get in compliance with the salary cap, but Ramczyk's is tricky due to his injury situation. Ramczyk said he has a serious knee issue that could put his future in jeopardy. He'll spend the offseason consulting with doctors, but in the meantime, his 2024 salary cap figure is $27 million. If he plays in 2024, the Saints will restructure it and push the money down the road, but it's likely they'll need to wait for more answers on his knee before touching the contract. -- Katherine Terrell -- Rank: 17

It was nice to see the middling Saints play their best all-around game this season in a now-or-never situation, thoroughly thumping the Buccaneers in Tampa. But could they not have performed like that sooner? Because of some earlier-season losses to teams they're now going head-to-head against for playoff spots, the Saints need to beat Atlanta and receive help to get into the postseason. But the NFC South remains open, and as much of a long shot as it might be, in this season -- especially in that division -- it's safe to say we should not assume anything is going to happen as expected. One big development Sunday was Derek Carr delivering a dialed-in performance. I believe the chances of Carr being back in New Orleans next season as the Saints' starter are higher than they were a month ago. Let's see how Week 18 plays out, though, before we start forecasting what their offseason might look like.

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2023 NFL Predictions: NFC South

Updated: Thursday, September 7th

Before the start of the season, I will post my NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, I've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totalled them up.

With that said, here are our early NFC South projections for each team including their win total.

1. New Orleans Saints - Projected Wins: 8.93

Compared to Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season, all four NFC South teams have a new starter as they enter Week 1 of the 2023 season. Derek Carr is an upgrade over Andy Dalton, and Chris Olave is one of the best young receivers in the NFL. It's unclear what the team will get from Michael Thomas, who was once the most productive receiver in the NFL but has appeared in only 10 games over the past three seasons combined. Alvin Kamara is suspended for the first three games of the season, but the team will have a talented trio of backs with Kamara, Jamaal Williams, who led the NFL in rushing touchdowns last year, and rookie Kendre Miller.

The Saints have ranked top 10 in DVOA in five consecutive seasons. The 2023 version of this defense will look different up front. While Cameron Jordan is still there, the team lost four linemen that played significant snaps. The strength of the defense is its secondary with Tyrann Mathieu and Marcus Maye at safety and Marshon Lattimore, Paulson Adebo and Bradley Roby at cornerback.

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2023 Fantasy Football Projections: New Orleans Saints

Our Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the New Orleans Saints.

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Derek Carr512.3331.53688.623.0511.2732.1104.30.71231.89
Jameis Winston33.420.5247.

Derek Carr: Carr was fantasy's QB15 through Week 16 before being benched in Week 17 by Josh McDaniels last year. Now in New Orleans, Carr improves the outlook for the team's pass catchers (as an upgrade over Andy Dalton), but he remains little more than a solid QB2 in fantasy football. Since 2014, he has finished in the QB13-QB20 range every year except 2016 (QB10).

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New Orleans Saints: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the New Orleans Saints in 2023.

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Week 1Sun., Sep. 10vs. Tennessee TitansW 16-15
Week 2Mon., Sep. 18at Carolina PanthersW 20-17
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24at Green Bay PackersL 18-17
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 26-9
Week 5Sun., Oct. 8at New England PatriotsW 34-0
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15at Houston TexansL 20-13
Week 7Thu., Oct. 19vs. Jacksonville JaguarsL 31-24
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29at Indianapolis ColtsW 38-27
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5vs. Chicago BearsW 24-17
Week 10Sun., Nov. 12at Minnesota VikingsL 27-19
Week 11BYE
Week 12Sun., Nov. 26at Atlanta FalconsL 24-15
Week 13Sun., Dec. 3vs. Detroit LionsL 33-28
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10vs. Carolina PanthersW 28-6
Week 15Sun., Dec. 17vs. New York GiantsW 24-6
Week 16Thu., Dec. 21at Los Angeles RamsL 30-22
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31at Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 23-13
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7vs. Atlanta FalconsW 48-17

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Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

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New Orleans Saints - 2024 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2024 NFL Draft picks selected by the New Orleans Saints.

114Taliese FuagaOTOregon State
241Kool-Aid McKinstryCBAlabama
5150Spencer RattlerQBSouth Carolina
5170Bub MeansWRPittsburgh
5175Jaylan FordLBTexas
6199Khristian BoydDTNorthern Iowa
7239Josiah EzirimOTEastern Kentucky

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