Ranking the New Orleans Saints' top draft needs. At No. 6 is wide receiver:
Current depth chart:
Brandin Cooks, age 22
Willie Snead, age 23
Brandon Coleman, age 23
Reggie Bell, age 23
R.J. Harris, age 23
Kyle Prater, age 23
Shane Wynn, age 23
Outlook: I tend to agree with ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, who said he would fall out of his chair if the Saints don’t draft a defensive player with the No. 12 pick in the draft. But wide receiver is the one offensive position that I could possibly forgive the Saints for taking in that spot.
I’ll never call receiver a glaring need for the Saints, since they have proven time and again that they can plug in unheralded players and thrive with them -- Snead being the latest example. But the Saints will truly put that theory to the test this year if they don’t add a premier draft pick or veteran free agent.
As it stands today, New Orleans doesn’t have a single receiver over 23 years old, and it has only one draft pick in the entire bunch (a pretty special one in Cooks, who was their 2014 first-round draft choice).
So it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Saints consider a big-bodied receiver like Mississppi’s Laquon Treadwell or TCU’s Josh Doctson in Round 1, especially after they released big man Marques Colston earlier this offseason.