- Mike Triplett, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New Orleans Saints won't reach to fill any specific needs in the draft. But it seems like a safe bet that they’ll come away with a wide receiver at some point in the early rounds.
For one thing, the Saints could certainly use a dynamic playmaker to rotate into their receiving corps and eventually be developed into a starter. For another thing, draft analysts universally agree that this is one of the deepest receiver classes in a long time.
Scouts Inc. analyst Kevin Weidl agreed with that sentiment in his latest post. Weidl said this is the deepest receiver class he's seen in eight years of evaluations.
Weidl broke down some of the most receiver-needy teams in the NFL (the Saints were listed among the "others") after his top three of Carolina, Kansas City and San Francisco. And he further broke down some of the prospects available in the late-first round, as well as the second and third rounds.
Where the Saints are picking at No. 27, LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., Oregon State's Brandin Cooks and USC's Marqise Lee could be awfully attractive options if they fall that far. They all have that dynamic speed element. And as a bonus, all three could potentially serve as return men, as well -- another top need for the Saints. Florida State's big, physical Kelvin Benjamin is another first-round possibility.
Among the top options projected in Round 2 are Fresno State's Davante Adams, Penn State's Allen Robinson and Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews. Weidl listed several other Round 2 and 3 options, spending a little extra time breaking down Robinson, Clemson's Martavis Bryant and Miami "sleeper" Allen Hurns.