Saints Draft 5 Players

May 1st, 2022

The Slimy Saints are the only legitimate threat to the Bucs defending their NFC South crown, so Joe was paying attention to the New Orleans draft.

First, New Orleans did not draft a quarterback, which many thought they might considering their trade for an additional first-round pick. They seem content with Jameis Winston coming off major knee surgery (ACL) in December, and Taysom Hill also dealing with a major injury. Good luck with that, guys.

So what did the Saints do? Their five picks are below:

Round 1, Pick 11: Wide receiver Chris Olave, Ohio State — An absolute beast of a talent, and he potentially could have a hell of a season if Michael Thomas actually returns — and returns to form.

Round 1, Pick 19: Left tackle Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa — Nice pick, but it’s unlikely he’s a 2022 upgrade to Terron Armstread, who signed a big deal with Miami. How much fun would it be to see Jameis dealing with a leaky rookie tackle?

Round 2, Pick 49: Cornerback Alontae Taylor, Tennessee — The eighth cornerback drafted is a ballhawk, but doesn’t seem to have instant-star potential.

Round 5, Pick 161: Linebacker D’Marco Jackson, Appalachian State — Looks like another special teams ace for one of the NFL’s best special teams unites.

Round 6, Pick 194: Defensive tackle Jordan Jackson, Air Force — Versatile, high-motor guy with defensive-end like qualities at 6-4, 294.

Joe does not think the Saints closed the gap on the Bucs this offseason. Joe also will note that the Saints did not draft a running back, which could mean they are not concerned about Alvin Kamara being suspended this season after his battery arrest in February.

34 Responses to “Saints Draft 5 Players”

  1. Gbobucsfan Says:

    Olave, potentially great T and not much else.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Olave is pretty scary, and Penning is a good Tackle.
    Jordan Jackson may be a real sleeper.
    I watch the Saints too, and they had a good draft, IMHO.

  3. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    First Two Picks were great

  4. BucsBeBack (Artist formally known as: BringBucsBack) Says:

    Joe, do you think the Bucs closed the gap on the ‘aints? You seem to have forgotten that they spanked us twice last year, with 2nd & 3rd string QBs no less?

  5. teacherman777 Says:

    Chris Olave had the most gangster response when getting drafted.

    The commentator asked, “What’s on your mind after getting drafted?’

    He looked Stoic and said, “A lot. But we ain’t gonna speak on that.”

    Classic. He looks focused man. I think he is going to be a great one.

  6. Buczilla Says:

    Olave was a great pick, that tackle won’t scare anyone this year, and if I were a saints fan (gods forbid) I’d be thrilled that my gm was smart enough to draft a corner when we were desperate for one within the first three rounds. With Payton gone I’m not sweating the saints this year unless Jameis has one of his 2-3 games per year that he looks like the second coming of Marino against us.

  7. Leighroy Says:

    BucsBeBack, you seem to have forgotten that while it’s true the Bucs lost 2 of the battles, they won the war in a landslide.

  8. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    They got better at wide receiver, but they took a step back at tackle. I don’t care who they drafted it was going to be downgraded from Armstead.

  9. MadMax Says:

    They landed 3 of the guys i wanted for us, olave, taylor, jackson. They did good but will it be good enough?

  10. PA Buc Fan Says:

    Leighton I disagree. They won the war last year when they took out 4 or 5 starters, shut us out on national TV and essentially put an end to any super bowl repeat hopes Tampa may have had last season.

  11. SlyPirate Says:

    Leighroy, I’m with BucsBeBack. Saints owned us the last 4 years. Last year was really bad. The Bucs got lucky Brees was hurt in the playoffs.

    The good news is Payton (coaching against BA) was a big part of their success. I’m expecting a different outcome with both coaches gone.

  12. Hodad Says:

    Don’t forget, the Saints gave up plenty to get those 1st round picks. They better pay off, they don’t have much of a draft next year.

  13. cover deuce Says:

    They have a defense capable of shutting down anyone and, if he’s available, a RB that is one of the leagues elite playmakers. They were 5-2 before Jameis blew out his knee, so if he’s healthy I wouldn’t bet against them being a tough out every week. Especially if Olave can help keep defenses from selling out to stop AK. Keep the stellar analysis up though.

  14. PSL Bob Says:

    Olave is the main concern. That dude can flat out burn DBs. It will be interesting to see how our DBs fare against him. Hopefully, it will take a while for he and Jameis to build chemistry.

  15. PassingThru Says:

    Kind of a strange draft between the Bucs and the Saints. You’d think that the Bucs would bias their draft moves towards immediate impact, while the Saints would trade back and build towards a longer time horizon. The two teams did the opposite.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Kamara will get suspended and I’s even possible he does some time….(unlikely but possible)
    Their defense is what beats us and it didn’t get much better.

    At least we have a punter that can make them work for their scores….

  17. HC Grover Says:

    They have Madame Lavou for us to contend with.

  18. Bucs Win Says:

    F&ck the Saints

  19. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Just like last season, the Saints’ lack of a competent QB will be their downfall. Olave is pretty good, but who will get him the ball? Jameis had been neutered into a game-managing QB who could only crack 250 yards one time in six games. It was working though, but now without Sean Payton and possibly Kamara, will it continue to work? Also have to think about Jameis coming off an ACL tear, much better chances of full recovery in 2022 but still not guaranteed. He likes to scramble a lot and it will definitely effect his game.

    Slant Boy is an irrelevant crybaby who I wouldn’t be surprised would pull an AB move if his target share dropped because of Olave.

    Despite all of that, the Bucs and Brady have struggled in the regular season against the Saints so they are always a threat.

  20. Leighroy Says:

    PA Buc Fan, name me the other 3 to 4 guys they knocked out besides Godwin? Super Bowl hopes sure seemed alive when Brady tied the game 4th quarter vs the Rams in the divisional. Are you crediting the defensive break down on the ensuing final drive to the Saints?

    SlyPirate, again those were 4 battles to the war. The saints too led the playoff game until the tide turned in the 3rd quarter. Brees’ injury didn’t seem to affect the result before that point.

    Guys, I have a healthy concern about each one of our opponents, but you all sound scared of the saints. It’s a new year, the past is the past, Brady is back and Brees & Payton are gone. It’s okay to play outside chicken littles!

  21. Bucamania Says:

    Saints definitely got better. Bucs got depth.

  22. Michael Says:

    As usual, the Saints draft excellence has haters until next year after seeing the great production. Many of you cats were saying Kamara was a bad pick since we had Ingram. Saints pre draft were ranked number 8 best drafting team since Jeff Ireland came for a reason. We often take the dominant players in later rounds then others just to prove we were right. It’s also the formula we use to get UDFA. The BUCS lost a step. Brady won’t look as good this ye

  23. Francisco Guzman Says:

    If the saints had a QB we would be in trouble. Gosh can they beat that team this year? It’s so frustrating losing to these guys over and over.

  24. Pewter Power Says:

    Slant boy with Chris Olave’s and taysom hill back at tight end, it will definitely be interesting. For some reason they score on us easily and shut our offense down. Maybe with a new head coach the philosophy of how to play them will change because I hate all things saints

  25. geno711 Says:

    I like Olave as a player but the fact that they gave up their 3rd and 4th round choices to move up 5 slots to get him was great for Bucs fans.

    Just think, if they had waited and if Olave was gone, instead they could have had Jahan Dotson and then 2 additional picks.

    Think about having Dotson and them also having:
    A TE like Jeremy Ruckert or Cade Otton

    then in their 4th round
    DT Neil Farrell or RB Isaiah Spiller

  26. Tye Says:

    ‘Saints are the only legitimate threat to the Bucs defending their NFC South crown’..

    NO Sean Payton, who was THE constant for their success, NO Brees that executed Paytons calls, Kamara likely suspended…. HIGHLY DOUBT they will look like the same team as years past!

    unless Andy Dalton is somehow the surprise starter to run that offense, they win maybe 7-9 games… Their schedule is similar to the Bucs but they aren’t as well prepared as Bucs

  27. Mike Johnson Says:

    Saints had a decent draft. That kid Olave is primetime. He will be an all pro someday. All their picks look solid. They did a good job.

  28. Izod Says:

    Saints just won’t be the same without Payton… if you have a great team, then you may be able to carry a new coach for about one season, two seasons tops.

  29. unbelievable Says:

    Olave will be a stud. Maybe that tackle too.

    I think my confusion / concern with the Bucs draft was that it doesn’t seem like ANY of these guys will make significant contributions this season.

    Hopefully I’m wrong.

  30. Leighroy Says:

    Michael, your teams alleged “draft excellence” has produced 3 playoff wins since 2014. Get the f outa here and go back to your shanty.

  31. K2 Says:

    Biggest loss of Saint last year was Sean Payton…a huge loss.

  32. Dman Says:

    Signed Auburn S Smoke Monday UDFA. Knocks the hell out of people. Hate that the Saints got him and we didn’t.

  33. steele Says:

    JoeB, the question is whether the Bucs closed the gap with the Saints, who consistently beat them. And whether the Saints improved, extending the gap. As Bucs fans, of course, you want to be negative on the Saints picks, and super positive on the Bucs picks.

    Saints got marginally better. Bucs tried to fill holes, that are still holes.

  34. firethecannons Says:

    Joe says: How much fun would it be to see Jameis dealing with a leaky rookie tackle?

    I agree completely, would love to see Jameis running for his life and pitching the ball out desperately and getting intercepted.I have not gotten enough of that–the Saints need to get beaten this year, I think using Ko Kieft on most snaps and our new guard Goedeke is a start.