Mickey Loomis has already gotten the question a couple of times this offseason, and it's sure to come up again in the days leading up to this weekend's NFL draft. Will the Saints be able to match the success of their last two drafts, the two cycles under assistant general manager Jeff Ireland and the scouting staff the organization revamped after the 2015 draft? New Orleans made 12 picks in the last two drafts. Out of those 12, the Saints have landed three Pro Bowlers, five starters — including a couple more with Pro Bowl potential — and two key members of the defensive line rotation, all of whom established themselves in two seasons or less. Any team in the NFL would be happy to have that success rate. "That’s hard to follow," Loomis said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "We’re going to try. We’re going to give it our best shot, but it’s harder when you don’t have as many picks, that’s the bottom line." Picking late in the first round might limit a few options, but there is still immediate impact to be found outside of the top half of the round. New Orleans landed Ryan Ramczyk at No. 32 last year, Marcus Williams at No. 42, Alvin Kamara at No. 67 last year and grabbed Michael Thomas at No. 47 and Vonn Bell at No. 61 in 2016.
Saints likely looking for diamonds in the rough with fewer picks on first two days of NFL draft
The Advocate | Apr 21