2020 NFL Draft

The Saints 2020 Draft Class

Michael C. Hebert, Saints website

"Less is only more when more is no good."- Frank Lloyd Wright

The Saints were clearly subscribers to this theory as they only made three selections in this year's draft. They entered the 2020 draft with five picks, but packaged some of their remaining picks this year a nd some next year to move up in the third round twice to target guys they coveted. Let's take a quick look at each prospect:

1st Round #24 Overall: Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

Cesar Ruiz

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This pick was largely met with moans and groans because it wasn't a sexy pick. LB Patrick Queen from LSU was on the board and was a position of need, so were several WRs and CBs. However, the Saints decided to bolster the interior of the offensive line. Go back and watch the Falcons game in the Dome last year or the Vikings playoff game and tell me this was a bad pick. Every time they've invested in the offensive line over the last few years, it's paid off nicely. Expect Ruiz or Erik McCoy, last year's stud rookie C, to move to guard as veteran Larry Warford appears to be on the outs.

3rd Round #74 Overall: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin

Zack Baun

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Baun is one of the steals of this draft in my opinion. He was a guy that had 1st or no later than early 2nd round potential and fell to the 3rd. This was most likely the result of him having a diluted drug test sample at the combine and a shaky medical history. Failed drug tests are often overlooked if the talent is there. Without having the opportunity to do medical tests on their own, teams may have been scared off. Labeled a tweener because of his ability to rush off the edge and drop in coverage, Baun will find a fit in Dennis Allen's system as he's used to putting guys in position to succeed.

3rd Round #105 Overall: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

Adam Trautman

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Despite having Jared Cook back for another season, the Saints made the move to draft Trautman. At 6'5 and 255lbs, Trautman provides another large target at tight end. The signing of Emmanuel Sanders lessened the chances of them drafting a WR. Couple that with drafting Trautman and I can see the thought process. He's a willing blocker who'll need to improve, but his value is as a pass catcher. He will learn a lot under the learning tree he's about to be under.

7th Round #240 Overall: Tommy Stephens, QB, Mississippi State 

He's a dual threat guy, but much bigger than you'd think. At 6'5 and 235lbs, he's not your typical smallish dual threat quarterback. He's very raw and needs a ton of work before he can be relied upon to even be a backup. Look for him to most likely be on the practice squad. If he makes the 53-man roster, he'll be inactive most weeks. This is more of a long term developmental guy if he latches on.

Overall, this was a decent draft class for the Saints. Most will say they only filled one position of need, but you never want to draft solely for need. The Saints, under Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton, have been known to draft and think outside the box. The team has remained competitive under their tenure. Ruiz, Baun, and Trautman all have traits teams look for in their respective positions. Click the links and read their NFL.com draft profiles. Do some research instead of following the crowd. No matter what you may have heard, this was a good draft for the Saints.

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Houston has lost seven of eight

Mariners ride big fifth inning to series win over Astros

Jake Odorizzi earned his second loss as an Astro Sunday. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

With the losing streak behind them by taking the middle game on Saturday night, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Sunday afternoon to try and make it back-to-back victories to take the series. Instead, they'd suffer their seventh loss in the last eight games.

Final Score: Mariners 7, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 7-8, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ljay Newsome (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-2)

Odorizzi locks in through four while Houston grabs a lead

Jake Odorizzi did not start his afternoon the way he needed to in order to have a good rebound outing compared to his first start. In the 37-pitch first inning, he issued two walks and an RBI-single, putting the Mariners at a significant advantage early. Odorizzi flipped the switch, though, finding a rhythm to retire the next ten batters after that RBI-single to get through four innings with just one run allowed.

Offensively for Houston, they quickly responded to Seattle's run in the first with one of their own in the top of the second, capitalizing on some shoddy defense by Seattle to get Carlos Correa to second to set up an RBI ground-rule double by Aledmys Diaz, tying things up 1-1. It stayed that way until the top of the fifth when a leadoff walk by Chas McCormick would turn into a run after a stolen base and two sacrifice flys to give Houston a 2-1 lead.

Mariners explode for four in the fifth

The lead was short-lived, as Seattle would explode in the bottom of the fifth, getting a leadoff single and one-out walk to set up a two-RBI triple by Mitch Haniger to go ahead 3-2. That would prompt Dusty Baker out of the dugout to end Odorizzi's day and move on to Brooks Raley. Raley would not fare any better, giving up a two-run homer to Ty France to extend Seattle's new lead to 5-2. He would finish the inning, putting Odorizzi's line final: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 89 P.

Seattle takes the series

Seattle would strike again in the bottom of the seventh against Joe Smith. After a leadoff walk, the Mariners would get back-to-back one-out RBI-doubles to extend their lead to 7-2. After Smith in the seventh, Peter Solomon would make his major-league debut in the bottom of the eighth and work around a one-out walk for a scoreless inning. Houston would then come up empty in the top of the ninth, dropping the finale and the series to Seattle.

Up Next: The Astros will travel to Denver tonight and get an off day tomorrow. Tuesday night, they'll start a quick two-game set with the Rockies at 7:40 PM Central. Houston currently has Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1, 5.27 ERA) penciled in as their starter, but with ongoing illness, he has not yet been fully confirmed. For the Rockies, Jon Gray (1-1, 2.87 ERA) is expected to start.

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