Month: April 2019

Saints’ GM Mickey Loomis Gives his Opinion on the Depth of the 2019 draft class

Adam Forsythe / April 25, 2019

When the New Orleans Saints traded with the Green Bay Packers to move up in last year’s draft and select defensive end Marcus Davenport, it cost them their 2019 first-round selection. As it stands right now, the Saints’ first pick this year will be in the second round at pick number 62.

If they stay put in the second round, this will be the latest, first pick for the Saints since 2012 when they selected defensive end Akiem Hicks in the third round. Despite this late selection, Saints’ General Manager Mickey Loomis is not worried about the talent they could find at pick 62.

“I think our view is it’s a fairly deep draft and we’re pretty confident that we’re going to get a good player at 62,” said Loomis.

Defensive line and wide receiver are arguably the positions which have the deepest depth across the board, and just so happen to be two positions that the Saints could look to add players through the draft.

The team added defensive linemen Mario Edwards Jr. and Malcolm Brown via free agency, yet they could still be on the lookout for talented rookies to add to the roster. The Saints are also likely looking for another wide receiver to pair with their young superstar Michael Thomas.

Of course, a trade to move up in the draft is always in the cards for the Saints. They’ve shown over previous years that they aren’t afraid to make a move for a player that they really like. It should truly be an interesting draft for the Who Dat Nation.

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GM Mickey Loomis on what Thursday could be like for Saints

With the NFL draft starting on Thursday, the New Orleans Saints will only have six picks in this year’s draft.

With the first selection not until pick 62 of the second round, GM Mickey Loomis could try and get creative on the first night of the draft and make a move and trade into the first round if he chooses to do so.

“I don’t know. Listen, we’ll be watching I guess, but look, we’ll be on the phones working the draft and managing the process” said Loomis.

Last year the Saints made a trade with the Green Bay Packers moving up from the 27th overall pick to number 14 overall, to grab pass rusher Marcus Davenport. The deal also included a fifth rounder in the 2018 draft and this year’s first-round pick.

Loomis is not afraid to make a move, and if the Saints fell in love with a player at the combine, that somehow has slipped in the first round, they could try and pull off a trade to grab their guy. So while the Saints will be watching the draft live. All it takes is the right deal, and the right call to make a shift in this year’s selection for the Saints.

We will find out Thursday night precisely what the Saint’s plans are. Whatever Loomis and Saints decide to do it should be an exciting three days.

New Orleans Saints 2019 7-Round Mock Draft

Adam Forsythe / April 24, 2019

With the 2019 NFL Draft just one day away, many fans are excited to see which players their favorite team adds to the roster. For Saints fans, however, the excitement is a little different. While fans of teams like the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants are ecstatic because their team has more than one first-round selection, the New Orleans Saints won’t be on the clock until late in the second round. The team traded away this year’s first-round pick (No. 30) to the Green Bay Packers in order to move up and select Defensive End Marcus Davenport in last year’s draft. The Saints also traded this year’s third and fourth-round picks to acquire quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and cornerback Eli Apple respectively.

Of course, the Saints could always try to trade up in this year’s draft if a prospect is still on the board that they have completely fallen in love with. For the sake of this mock draft, I chose to not make any trades; keeping the Saints original six selections.

Here’s how I believe the 2019 NFL Draft will go for the New Orleans Saints:

Round 2, Pick 62: OL Michael Deiter, Wisconsin


Deiter is a very versatile offensive lineman. Throughout his time at Wisconsin, he spent time at left tackle, left guard, and center. While he was solid at the tackle position, he was best suited on the interior of the offensive line. After center Max Unger suddenly announced his retirement earlier this offseason, the Saints quickly signed Nick Easton to possibly fill that void. However, Easton has had a riddled injury history. Deiter is an all-around lineman with solid footwork, pass protection, and run-blocking. He has the potential to start at center for the Saints but also provides the versatility that the team craves in a lineman.

Round 5, Pick 168: DL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama


The Saints suffered a major setback when star defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins went down with a torn Achilles in last year’s playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. To add to the loss of Rankins, fellow defensive tackle David Onyemata is possibly facing a suspension to start the 2019 season. The team added former New England Patriot’s defensive tackle Malcolm Brown in free agency, but they likely will be looking to add some more pieces through the draft.

Buggs would be a solid addition in the fifth round. Through his two years at Alabama, Buggs recorded 11 sacks, 17.5 tackles for loss, and 103 total tackles. Although he did not have a spectacular combine, he’s still a solid addition to an already formidable defensive line.

Round 6, Pick 177: TE Foster Moreau, LSU


Whenever the NFL Draft rolls around, many Saints’ fans look for their favorite professional football team to select local collegiate talent. LSU consistently produces quality NFL prospects. This year is no different. Over his final two seasons at LSU, Moreau hauled in 46 receptions for 550 yards and five touchdowns.  Prior to adding Jared Cook in free agency, tight end was one of the biggest positions of need for the Saints. Now, with Cook on the roster, the Saints can wait until later in the draft to select a tight end to provide depth behind their new weapon. Moreau can be that guy. A New Orleans native, Moreau possesses solid run-blocking skills. If he can improve his pass-catching abilities, he could develop into a quality addition to an already explosive Saints’ offense.

Round 6, Pick 202: DE Shareef Miller, Penn State


With their second of two sixth-round selections, the New Orleans Saints add another rotational piece to their defensive line. After losing defensive end Alex Okafor in free agency, the team signed Mario Edwards Jr., however, I believe they will still look to add more defensive line depth in the NFL Draft. With 14.5 sacks, 31.5 tackles for loss, and 100 total tackles in 34 games at Penn State, Miller would provide the Saints with the piece they are looking for.

Round 7, Pick 231: WR DaMarkus Lodge, Ole Miss


With their first selection in the seventh round, the Saints select yet another developmental piece to their team. Lodge enjoyed a successful final season at Ole Miss as he caught 65 receptions for 877 yards and four touchdowns but despite his success, Lodge will need to refine his skillset before he can become a quality starter in the NFL. Luckily, the Saints won’t need him to produce immediately. Obviously, the team has a superstar wide receiver in Michael Thomas and they also like their young players Tre’Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood. Lodge could develop behind these players and eventually provide a quality piece to the Saints’ offense.

Round 7, Pick 244: CB Jimmy Moreland, James Madison 


The Saints spend their final pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on a new addition to their defensive backfield. Moreland would be best suited in the slot for the Saints, but perhaps the best place for him to start would be on special teams. This would allow him to get more reps and continue to develop. Throughout his college years, Moreland was a ball-hawking cornerback who recorded 18 interceptions while returning six of those into the endzone. With some development, Moreland could become a solid contributor to the Saints’ secondary. With Marshon Lattimore on one side and Eli Apple on the other, Moreland would be a nice piece to add to the slot.

Barring a trade, Saints’ fans will have to wait until Friday night to see who their favorite team selects in the NFL Draft. Hopefully, the Saints will be able to add some quality pieces to their talented roster.

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New Orleans Saints’ 2019 Regular Season Schedule Announced

Adam Forsythe / April 17, 2019

After an active free agency, news regarding the New Orleans Saints cooled down. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, it started to heat up once again as the 2019 regular season schedule was released.

Here’s a look at the full schedule:

Week 1-September 9

-VS Houston Texans, 6:10 p.m. (Monday Night Football)

Week 2-September 15

-AT Los Angeles Rams, 3:25 p.m.

Week 3-September 22

-AT Seattle Seahawks, 3:25 p.m.

Week 4-September 29

-VS Dallas Cowboys, 7:20 p.m. (Sunday Night Football)

Week 5-October 6

-VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers, noon

Week 6- October 13

-AT Jacksonville Jaguars, noon

Week 7-October 20

-AT Chicago Bears, 3:25 p.m.

Week 8-October 27

-VS Arizona Cardinals

Week 9


Week 10-November 10 

-VS Atlanta Falcons, noon

Week 11-November 17

-AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers, noon

Week 12-November 24

-VS Carolina Panthers, noon

Week 13-November 28

-AT Atlanta Falcons, 7:20 p.m. (Thanksgiving)

Week 14-December 8

-VS San Fransisco 49ers, noon

Week 15-December 16

-VS Indianapolis Colts, 7:15 p.m. (Monday Night Football)

Week 16-December 22

-AT Tennessee Titans, noon

Week 17-December 29

-AT Carolina Panthers, noon


The schedule starts off tough as, for the first four weeks, the Saints play against opponents who each made the playoffs last season. The Saints have been notorious for starting off slow in recent seasons as they have not won their first game since the 2013 season against the Atlanta Falcons. Hopefully, that trend comes to an end as they will need to gain momentum quickly against these tough opponents early on.

After the gauntlet to open the season, the schedule seemingly gets easier. Leading up to the team’s week nine bye, the Bears are the only team to make the playoffs last season that the Saints must face this year.

However, once the Saints’ bye week is over, the team faces yet another challenging series of games. The team will play in four consecutive divisional games including a week 13 Thanksgiving rematch with the Atlanta Falcons. When the Saints played against the Falcons on Thanksgiving last season, Drew Brees and company dominated the dirty birds by a score of 31-17.

The Saints finish their regular season journey by traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina to play against the Carolina Panthers. This will be the fourth consecutive season in which the Saints play a divisional opponent in week 17 of the regular season.

Although it is impossible to know how well each team will play until the season officially begins, on paper this seems like a tough schedule. No matter how difficult it looks, one thing is for certain; Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are prepared for any challenge.

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