The New Orleans Saints haven’t found their way post-Drew Brees and Sean Payton yet and missed the playoffs once again in 2023. Head coach Dennis Allen is under plenty of pressure to start winning, and soon, especially with the amount of money the Saints have spent to keep this roster.
How many picks do the Saints have in the 2024 NFL Draft to help turn their fortunes around?
New Orleans Saints Draft Picks By Round
- Round 1, Pick 14
- Round 2, Pick 45 (via DEN)
- Round 5, Pick 149
- Round 5, Pick 167*
- Round 5, Pick 169*
- Round 5, Pick 174*
- Round 6, Pick 192
- Round 6, Pick 201 (via PHI)
- Round 7, Pick 230 (via DEN)
*=denotes compensatory selection
How Many Picks Do the Saints Have in 2024?
New Orleans currently has nine picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, with three potential compensatory selections adding a boost to limited capital. The Saints moved their second-round pick for 2024 in their trade-up in the 2022 NFL Draft for Trevor Penning.
The Saints also do not have their own third or fourth-round picks in 2024. Their third-rounder went to the Denver Broncos in the trade for Payton, while New Orleans sent its fourth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a trade during the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Saints gained the Philadelphia Eagles’ sixth-rounder when they traded safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson in 2022.
Remarkably, New Orleans also doesn’t have its seventh-rounder this year due to a trade that sent that pick to the Houston Texans over two years ago for RB Mark Ingram. However, they did gain a seventh back from Denver after trading kicker Wil Lutz.
Who Did the Saints Draft In 2023?
After trading Payton to the Broncos, the Saints gained a first-round pick and used it to draft Clemson DT Bryan Bresee. Bresee became a force for the New Orleans defensive line, finishing with five sacks on the season.
The Saints double-dipped with defensive linemen with their second-round selection, nabbing Notre Dame pass rusher Isaiah Foskey. Foskey battled injuries this season and is behind a talented group of pass rushers in New Orleans, limiting his snaps.
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Turning to the offensive side of the ball with their next few picks, the Saints used their third-round selection to take TCU RB Kendre Miller. Miller finished with just 156 yards and a single touchdown on 41 carries while playing behind Alvin Kamara and Jamaal Williams.
New Orleans used both of its fourth-round picks to draft offensive players, selecting Old Dominion offensive lineman Nick Saldiveri 103rd overall and Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener 127th overall. Saldiveri appeared in four games at right guard and on special teams, while Haener has yet to throw a pass in the NFL.
The Saints did find two productive players with their last two picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. They drafted Minnesota safety Jordan Howden, who started several games for New Orleans at the end of the season and finished fifth on the team with five pass breakups.
The Saints spent their second sixth-round pick on Wake Forest WR A.T. Perry, wrapping up their draft with the 195th pick. Perry’s snap counts increased with Michael Thomas on injured reserve. He caught 12 passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.
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