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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We'll see if Watson is in pads on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans had their last practice before pads come on for the first time on Tuesday. There was plenty to see on Monday.

1. Deshaun Watson had his usual extremely light level of work. He did very little throwing to teammates, though he did throw to the tight ends in 1-on-1 drills.

2. Texans head coach David Culley said "nothing has changed" when asked if Deshaun Watson will be in pads Tuesday. Culley has maintained that answer for a couple of sessions now.

3. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was back after missing Saturday with an excused personal day. Taylor has been the best quarterback in camp by a wide margin. Taylor makes better decisions with the football than other quarterbacks, but he does struggle on deeper passes. Taylor missed wildly on one deep ball and was a little wobbly on another.

4. Nobody in camp can cover wide receiver Brandin Cooks. This could be the easiest training camp of his life. He easily gets open in 1-on-1 situations.

5. Rookie wide receiver Nico Collins continues to flash his abilities in camp. Collins easily shook loose from defensive back John Reid and took the route vertical for an easy score. Collins later had a tough catch in traffic.

6. It's only been a few days, but the competition for inside wide receiver reps is tough. Former Bears wideout Anthony Miller has looked quick and nothing like the "draft bust" the Bears fans watched. Keke Coutee has rarely lost a rep, but Desmond King did win a few times over Coutee in the opening days of camp. Former Bengals wideout Alex Erickson finds himself constantly open. The cuts at wide receiver are already shaking out to be difficult.

7. Davis Mills bounced back in a sense that he couldn't be worse than he was on Saturday. The performance from Mills on Saturday was abysmal, but head coach David Culley said he liked how Mills responded today. With Tyrod Taylor back, there were fewer reps for Mills, but he had some impressive throws to go along with an off-target throw or two. Mills was far better than Jeff Driskel on Monday. Driskel tossed two interceptions right to defenders, including one that would've gone the wrong way for a score.

8. This linebacker group is interesting. With a new defensive scheme under Lovie Smith, the type of linebacker is very different from previous years. There was a clear emphasis on cover ability as these linebackers were added to the team.

9. Kamu Grugier-Hill and Kevin Pierre-Louis have both had some significant wins for the linebackers in coverage.

10. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan looks the part physically, but he's had a rough few days, including a drop on Monday.

11. With the pads coming on Tuesday, it will be fun to watch the rebuilt defensive line clash with the many combinations of the offensive line. There will be no J.J. Watt who historically stirred up the team on day one of pads. Laremy Tunsil's cool confidence about the offensive line over the weekend leads me to believe they are a confident group, while there are spots to be won on the defensive side of the line.

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