Saints sign 1st-round picks Chris Olave, Trevor Penning

The New Orleans Saints have signed four of their picks from the 2022 NFL draft, including a pair of first-round selections

The New Orleans Saints made it official with a handful of their draft picks Friday morning, signing four of their rookie selections to their rookie contracts.

Those signing their first pro deals Friday included the Saints’ pair of first-round picks, wide receiver Chris Olave and offensive tackle Trevor Penning.

Olave will give the Saints a much-needed No. 2 receiver to pair with veteran Michael Thomas, while Penning is expected to be the team’s starting left tackle, following the departure of Terron Armstead in free agency.

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2022 NFL Schedules: All 32 Teams

2022 NFL Schedules By Teams. The schedules for all 32 franchises

Every team’s 2022 NFL schedule. The team-by-team schedules for all 32 franchises.


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2022 NFL Schedules By Teams


AFC East

Buffalo | Draft Analysis
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New York Jets | Draft Analysis  

AFC North

Baltimore | Draft Analysis
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Cleveland | Draft Analysis
Pittsburgh | Draft Analysis

AFC South

Houston | Draft Analysis
Indianapolis | Draft Analysis
Jacksonville | Draft Analysis
Tennessee | Draft Analysis

AFC West

Denver | Draft Analysis
Kansas City | Draft Analysis
Las Vegas | Draft Analysis
LA Chargers | Draft Analysis

NFC East

Dallas | Draft Analysis
NY Giants | Draft Analysis
Philadelphia | Draft Analysis
Washington | Draft Analysis

NFC North

Chicago | Draft Analysis
Detroit | Draft Analysis
Green Bay | Draft Analysis
Minnesota | Draft Analysis

NFC South

Atlanta | Draft Analysis
Carolina | Draft Analysis
New Orleans | Draft Analysis
Tampa Bay | Draft Analysis

NFC West

Arizona | Draft Analysis
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Seattle | Draft Analysis

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2022 NFL Draft: Day 3 Needs, Picks For Each Team, Mock Draft Prospects

2022 NFL Draft: Day 3 needs for each team with mock draft possibilities

2022 NFL Draft: Team by team look at the possibilities for each remaining Day 3 pick for rounds 4, 5, 6, 7


2022 NFL Draft: Day 3 Needs For Each Team

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Traditionally and statistically, Day 3 of the NFL Draft is a total wasteland. You’re far, far better packaging your picks to move up into the top three rounds of a future draft – the odds of getting a consistently decent starter are shockingly small.

But every team thinks it can make magic out of the Day 3 mess of prospects, and it’s worth a shot to dumb-luck into a possible mainstay. What are the remaining needs that need to be filled for each team? Here are every team’s picks so far with the possibilities of who they could get.

Of course this all blows up once the trades start flying, but the idea is to give a rough snapshot of what each team might be able to do.

NFL Draft 2022: New Orleans Saints Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

New Orleans Saints NFL Draft 2022 needs, analysis, picks, and biggest reaches and values – from the college perspective

2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, New Orleans Saints draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


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NFL Draft 2022: New Orleans Saints Draft Analysis

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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings, Analysis
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTsOGs & Cs | DEs & Edge | DTs
LBs | Ss | CBs | 50 Greatest Value Draft Picks Ever
NFL Draft by college over last 5 years: 1-130 rankings
3 Greatest Picks ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC 

Scroll down for New Orleans’ 2022 draft slots, last year’s picks, and best values and biggest reaches

Saints fined, lose draft pick due to COVID-19 violations

The New Orleans Saints have been fined and stripped of a draft pick for multiple violations of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols last season

The New Orleans Saints have been fined, and stripped of a draft pick, due to their repeated violations of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols during the 2020 season.

The Saints will lose their sixth-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, and will pay a fine of $700,000, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

From unmasked celebrations in the locker room after games, to Alvin Kamara reportedly refusing to wear his contract tracing device, the Saints had multiple violations of the league’s protocols throughout the season.

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Why Saints fans should be excited about Cesar Ruiz

The New Orleans Saints landed the best interior blocker in the 2020 NFL Draft with Michigan’s Cesar Ruiz

The New Orleans Saints quietly made one of the better picks of the first round when they selected former Michigan center Cesar Ruiz with the 24th overall selection in the 2020 NFL draft.

It wasn’t the sexiest of picks, but it was a good one nonetheless.

Ruiz was the definition of consistency at Michigan where he manned the pivot for all 26 games over his past two seasons. He leaves Ann Arbor as a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, and a three-year letterman (2017-19).

Ruiz has been described as an exceptional leader by his teammates, and is well-liked by the coaching staff.

Ruiz also happens to be an incredibly consistent player on tape. Ruiz plays the game with a non-stop motor. His toughness really jumps off the screen as a run blocker. Ruiz does some of his best work in space, where his better-than-advertised athleticism allows him to make impressive plays at the second level. If there’s one thing he can improve on at the next level, it’s how he handles power rushes. It was the bigger, powerful defensive linemen that gave him some issues in pass protection.

While Ruiz has played mostly center throughout his career, he also started five games at right guard as a freshman. That versatility may be key to figuring out where he fits in with the Saints O-line in 2020 and beyond, as the Saints already have an excellent center in Erik McCoy.

We’re not quite sure where Ruiz is going to play for the Saints, but whether it’s at center or guard, Ruiz has the goods to become an instant starter on their talented offensive line.

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2020 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints team preview

Everything New Orleans Saints fans need to know heading into the 2020 NFL Draft

Everything New Orleans Saints fans need to know heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

VITALS

Head Coach: Sean Payton

General Manager: Mickey Loomis

2019 Record: 13-3

2020 DRAFT PICKS

1 (24)

3 (88)

4 (130)

5 (169)

6 (203)

TEAM NEEDS

Quarterback

The 2020 NFL season will likely be the last for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints need to find his heir apparent. Taysom Hill has been a great addition to the team but his projection at this point doesn’t seem to be any more than a special teamer/gadget player/backup quarterback. The Saints could have an opportunity to grab their quarterback of the next decade plus if it all falls right for them in the first round.

Wide Receiver

The Saints have one of the best receivers in the game with Michael Thomas but one man cannot do it alone. The team needs to invest in a number two receiver in this draft class. A class that is full of receivers in one of the deepest classes in some time. It isn’t a position that needs to be address in the first round but definitely within their first three selections.

Linebacker

The defense needs to be addressed as far as their depth at linebacker. Manti Te’o is.a free agent, Another key linebacker was AJ Klein who moved on to Buffalo. With some of the talent at linebacker in the class, it wouldn’t be a stretch to find one on day three to come in and compete for a starting role or rotational role immediately.

TOP TARGETS

Kenneth Murray | LB | Oklahoma

Patrick Queen | LB | LSU

Jordan Love | QB | Utah State

Jalen Reagor | WR | TCU

Justin Jefferson | WR | LSU

Brandon Aiyuk | WR | Arizona State

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