Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Drew Brees’ career is coming to a close and while the defense is in need of talent, I feel like New Orleans is going to go with more offense in the form of SMU wideout Courtland Sutton. Before we get to Sutton, let’s take a look at what the wide receiver position consists of.
Cameron Meredith comes over from Chicago and will finally get to see what it’s like having a solid quarterback throw him the ball. The former Bear came over after the team chose not to match New Orleans’ offer. The 6’3 player has 77 career catches for just over 1,000 yards in three seasons. He’s only played in 25 contests so I think there’s potential for him to get even better.
Michael Thomas is the lead dog after registering 104 receptions and 1,245 yards in 2017. Thomas only had five touchdowns though so he wasn’t as effective in the red zone. Willie Snead is a question mark as he hasn’t signed his tender yet although he did report to the team’s offseason workouts on Monday. Snead is a solid veteran, but also inconsistent.
Austin Carr, Ted Ginn Jr and Tommylee Lewis are the other WRs listed on the Saints website. Ginn is a burner, but didn’t exactly break out like people thought he might on the indoor turf of New Orleans. He had just 53 receptions for 787 yards.
All of this above tells me that the team needs to go with Courtland Sutton who secretly I wouldn’t mind the Eagles picking up. The SMU wideout was incredible his last two seasons at the school picking up 22 touchdowns while averaging over 16 yards per catch. Sutton often had nothing around him and quarterbacks that weren’t very good. No matter where I looked, everyone mentioned his ability to catch a contested ball. Sometimes you need someone who will go up and get bad passes and Courtland can do that. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com said that Sutton could be the first wide receiver drafted in an article on Monday. He added:
”Teams are enamored with Sutton’s combination of size and ball skills. He was impressive at SMU’s pro day last month, and teams have enjoyed visiting with him throughout the evaluation process. It wouldn’t shock me if he ended up being the first wide receiver off the board.”
Sutton will help in the red zone for Drew Brees especially since they don’t have a tight end that demands attention down there. With the signal caller’s career coming to a close soon, why not put another weapon around him and make it tougher to cover these guys. The Mustangs wide receiver had four games with two catches or less in 2017 and we know that would never happen in this offense.
Other players that I considered here were quarterback Lamar Jackson who would benefit from a year or two of learning before taking over the position. I also think Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard could get a look here as the defensive line needs some work. Finally, they could actually go the tight end route with Dallas Goedert who was a loud for teams to cover at South Dakota State. Goedert’s ability to block makes him more of a complete player then some of the others being mentioned at the position.
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2018 BGN Community Mock Draft Order
1) Browns (GMinTraining): Saquon Barkley
2) Giants (ablesser88): Quenton Nelson
3) Jets (20Safety_Hazards): Sam Darnold
4) Browns (MJ1893): Josh Rosen
5) Broncos (drc242): Baker Mayfield
6) Colts (I Need a Username): Bradley Chubb
7) Buccaneers (dunc123): Minkah Fitzpatrick
8) Bears (NVEagleShark): Tremaine Edmunds
9) 49ers (Doug Pederson’s Pair of Balls): Calvin Ridley
10) Raiders (Milehighbirds): Derwin James
11) Dolphins (danishdynamite_): Roquan Smith
12) Bills (LAOJoe): Denzel Ward
13) Washington (Eagle1987): Vita Vea
14) Packers (89Tremaine): Mike Hughes
15) Cardinals (RimoDawkins): Josh Allen
16) Ravens (PhillyEagles2011): Mike McGlinchey
17) Chargers (LBCeaglesFan!): Da’Ron Payne
18) Seahawks (KEZHOG): Marcus Davenport
19) Cowboys (Brawnybalboa): Rashaan Evans
20) Lions (dshelton5): Derrius Guice
21) Bengals (Palaniappan K M): Connor Williams
22) Bills (BeamerWentzorBentley): Lamar Jackson
23) Patriots (jy1187): Harold Landry
24) Panthers (dceagles): Justin Reid
25) Titans (ei78): Leighton Vander Esch
26) Falcons (SakPrescott): Taven Bryan
27) Saints (MidMajorMatt): Courtland Sutton
28) Steelers (SummersInVA):
29) Jaguars (RecarTabmok):
30) Vikings (AnthroEagle):
31) Patriots (PhilaWolverine):
32) Eagles (JALupowitz):
Now it’s time for you to vote for who YOU think the Falcons should pick in the 2018 BGN Consensus Mock Draft.
1) Browns: Saquon Barkley
2) Giants: Sam Darnold
3) Jets: Josh Rosen
4) Browns: Josh Allen
5) Broncos: Baker Mayfield
6) Colts: Bradley Chubb
7) Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick
8) Bears: Quenton Nelson
9) 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds
10) Raiders: Derwin James
11) Dolphins: Roquan Smith
12) Bills: Lamar Jackson
13) Washington: Vita Vea
14) Packers: Denzel Ward
15) Cardinals: Mason Rudolph
16) Ravens: Mike McGlinchey
17) Chargers: Da’Ron Payne
18) Seahawks: Marcus Davenport
19) Cowboys: Rashaan Evans
20) Lions: Derrius Guice
21) Bengals: Connor Williams
22) Bills: Calvin Ridley
23) Patriots: Harold Landry
24) Panthers: Courtland Sutton
25) Titans: Leighton Vander Esch
26) Falcons: Maurice Hurst
Who should the Saints draft at No. 27?
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