Namely, that the 2018 draft class may not become as decorated as the Class of ’17 – which produced Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year, and five starters in a seven-player haul – but that the players drafted will be done so based on the belief that they can fit in and produce.
“We have high expectations for ourselves every year,” Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said Friday, from the annual NFL Scouting Combine. “We had some good things happen with the class last year thanks to the players themselves and our coaches, and a good job by our scouting staff. Obviously, we’re looking to repeat that.
“It’s early, but I think that it’s a good class. We’ll be able to have an opportunity to get a good player or two in this draft, maybe a few more hopefully. Different than last year, though, we don’t have five picks in the first three rounds, so we’ll have to be a little more judicious, I think, when it comes right down to it. We do have more later-round picks that, maybe, we can turn into something good. But I’m encouraged.”
Coach Sean Payton echoed the sentiment.
“That’s what our scouts, that’s what our personnel department, our coaching staff – everyone who’s involved in this process – is charged with,” Payton said. “Regardless of where we’re picking and how many picks, it’s taking advantage of those assets. The draft is the No. 1 way to fortify…