The Saints try to form a dynamic duo at cornerback.
Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
The selection and write-up were made by TheCannonGoesBOOM:
In an ideal world, the legend that is Drew Brees leaves the year the Saints have a top-five pick. Sadly, New Orleans is victim of their 2020 record’s success and might have to make due in 2021 with the question-marks personified that are Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill.
But with 2021’s Big 5 quarterbacks all off the board, the Saints happily address an obvious position of weakness: cornerback. As luck would have it, it’s a strong CB class this year and Newsome fell right into our laps. Not only is he arguably the best CB still on the board, he might be the best player available. Filling a position of need and getting great value? Talk about letting the draft come to you.
It’s a steep drop off at corner after Marshon Lattimore, and Newsome looks poised to immediately start as CB2. He’s great at tracking the ball, runs a 4.39 40-yard dash, is built long for a corner and can fit into any scheme. He’s where analytics and passing the eye test intersect. His injury history is a concern though, only playing 6 games last year, but when he was on the field, he largely dominated. But one’s best ability is their availability. If he can’t stay healthy and adjust to the NFL level, Newsome might have a tough go in the Big Easy.
Pokorny: “I have no idea how the Saints will do without Drew Brees. We’ve seen the succeed with Teddy Bridgewater before — who I’d love to see back in New Orleans — but right now, they just have Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. Newsome is a solid pick for any team, but I’m on the fence with whether I prefer a receiver or not.”
The Green Bay Packers are up next, led by OCMiami.