Thanks to their trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, the New Orleans Saints will have the Nos. 16 and No. 19 picks in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Sports bettors can find Saints NFL Draft odds on Louisiana sports betting apps for what position the Saints will take with their first pick.
They can also find Saints NFL Draft odds for who they could take with the No. 16 and 19 picks at PointsBet Louisiana.
New Orleans Saints Draft Odds
As of Monday night, the Saints taking a quarterback with their first pick has the shortest odds, but the odds for them selecting an offensive lineman or a wide receiver are not too far behind:
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Assuming the Saints do not trade out of the No. 16 spot, the odds at PointsBet certainly point to the Saints going with an offensive player. The following is a partial list of the options:
- Malik Willis, Liberty QB +650
- Chris Olave, Ohio State WR +800
- Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa OL +1000
- Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh QB +1000
- Charles Cross, Mississippi State OL +1100
- Drake London, USC WR +1300
- Jameson Williams, Alabama WR +1300
- Jordan Davis, Georgia DL +1400
Several of the players with odds to go at No. 16 also have odds to go at No. 19 (also a partial list):
- Malik Willis +750
- Chris Olave +1000
- Trevor Penning +1000
- Kenny Pickett +1000
- Jordan Davis +1300
- Tyler Smith, Tulsa OL +1400
- Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati QB +1400
- Trent McDuffie, Washington CB +`1600
- Treylon Burks, Arkansas WR +1600
Of course, who the Saints pick at either selection will depend on which positions the team deems most important.
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What Do The Saints Need?
Without a consistent and capable starter at quarterback last season, the Saints saw their division title-winning streak end at four consecutive seasons, and they failed to make the playoffs. So, they need a new quarterback, right? Not exactly.
Yes, the quarterback position was an issue for the Saints in 2021. They started four by the time the season was over, but the problem was not entirely ineffective play. It was injuries. Jameis Winston went 4-2 in the six games he finished, which projects out to an 11-6 record in an entire season.
That would not have won the division, but it would have been good enough to make the playoffs. Maybe the Saints do not need a quarterback. Better protection and weapons would not be a bad idea, though. With Terron Armstead moving on, there is a definite need for an offensive tackle. Michael Thomas should be back this year, but another wide receiver wouldn’t hurt.
However, with Malcolm Jenkins retiring and Marcus Williams signing with Baltimore, there is also a hole at both safety positions.
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The position the Saints target with their first pick depends on what you think they want to do at quarterback. Do they want to give Winston an entire season as the starter? With Taysom Hill moving to tight end and Andy Dalton signing as QB2, it looks that way. That does not mean they can’t draft a QB to groom at No. 16, but if they want to win now and give Winston a shot, that would be a wasted pick.
Going with an offensive tackle or a wide receiver would make more sense.
If you put a lot of stock into mock drafts say, two of the best (Brendan Donahue and Ryan McCrystal) have the Saints taking an offensive tackle at No. 16, Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning. At No. 19, they have the Saints taking Malik Willis or Chris Olave.
Pro Football Focus’s latest mock draft has the Saints going with Penning and then Kenny Pickett.
Our Picks: Offensive Lineman: Trevor Penning at No. 16; Treylon Burks at No. 19
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