Who Dat Nation is clamoring for the New Orleans Saints to draft a wide receiver in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. This mock draft should alleviate the hunger for wide receiver mania. The Saints mock seven-round mock draft is full of wide receiver talent. Remember wide receiver Marques Colston came from nowhere out of the seventh round. Colston is now one of the best in Saints history. Clutch is an understatement. The odds remain low to repeat the unlikely feat, but never doubt the scouting department on Airline Highway. Finding players in the first three rounds is hard enough to become impact players. After, the odds remain long to landing an undiscovered diamond.
Saints Seven Round Mock Draft with Wide Receivers Only
Regardless, here is a snapshot shot of the best receiver likely to be available when the Saints are on the clock for each round. Obviously, at the moment the Saints either hold multiple picks in the first round or no picks at all in others. Things can easily change by draft day. For now, these seven receivers possess the goods to make a name in the NFL.
It’s not where a player gets drafted — the key is finishing a notable career. Here are the seven who make the Dean’s list.
First Round- Jameson Williams (Alabama)
Williams is the one the Saints need for the first wide receiver. Williams dominated in 2021 for the Alabama Crimson Tide — catching 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. While he did tear his ACL against Georgia in the title game, the impact will be near zero for the draft. He can run and jump proving it in high school by setting the record for the 300-meter hurdles. Williams is a burner. Eleven touchdowns went for over 30 yards last year. Could add weight to his frame. He is a comparison to DeSean Jackson. Saints immediately get a lot better with him.
Second Round- Treylon Burks (Arkansas)
First of all, getting Burks in the second is literally a pipe dream. The only thing stopping him from going in the first is the slower-than-expected 4.55 40-yard dash. Honestly, Burks is a definite first-rounder assessing the wide receiver pool.
Burks looks NFL-ready. He’s the Mona Lisa of mismatches. Nothing in this draft compares to the ceiling for Burks. A go-getter wanting to layout for every ball. Smooth as butter with route running. There is a reason he played three sports in high school. Simply untouchable. There are at least three gears in the repertoire. Can run over a linebacker. Cornerbacks have no chance. Just get this guy. Even if it involves giving up a draft pick or two.
Third Round- Wan’Dale Robinson (Kentucky)
Robinson comes from Kentucky — considered a legend in his own right. Starred at Western Hills School scoring 97 rushing touchdowns. Transferred from Nebraska to Kentucky and moved to a part-time running back/wide receiver. He blossomed there hauling in 104 receptions for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns.
Also, he was targeted 140 times averaging 12.9 yards a reception. ESPN’s Todd McShay compared to Deebo Samuel. Robinson is skilled to play it all. “I feel like whenever it’s one-on-one, I don’t think anyone can tackle me,” Robinson said. Shifty to change direction in a flash. Nice high-value pick here.
Fourth Round- Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama)
Tolbert didn’t have to go far to attend the Reeses Senior Bowl, as he played football right there in Mobile, Alabama. While nothing stood out there, the proof is in the pudding in production.
Catching 82 balls for 1,474 yards in 2021 was solid. Add eight touchdowns to the gaudy numbers, and Tolbert blossomed into the record books at South Alabama for the single-season record.
Speed is evident. Separation is very natural. Tolbert is 6-foot-3 but could easily add weight to the 195-pound frame. With a bit more consistency, Tolbert holds enough talent to make a mark as a starting receiver on the outside.
Fifth Round- Velus Jones Jr. (Tennessee)
He put on a show at the NFL Combine with a blazing 4.31 40-yard dash. Had to help his draft status for sure. The immediate impact on special teams. Initially, special teams are the best chance early. This is his ticket to impress NFL coaches. Fearless. Loves contact. Basic route running at Tennessee. Could use more pop from the line of scrimmage. Project player to help a team on special teams immediately. Eventually, plays the game to the fullest extent.
Sixth Round- Devon Williams (Oregon)
Williams turned into a wide receiver via the quarterback route. He came out being the number one recruit as a multi-talented player from California. The size is the first thing a scout will notice, standing at 6-foot-5 weighing just 207 lbs. His body is the natural gift to help him rise in the NFL Draft. Has the opportunity to be a jewel in the NFL by using his vertical leap. Not a burner but the hands are reliable. Nice red zone threat.
Seventh Round- Dareke Young (Leonor-Ryne)
The longest shot of all the prospects here so far. Comes from a Division II school at Lenoir-Ryne. Dominated on this level of play. Performed exceptionally well at the East-West Shrine Game. Scary size for a player coming from Division II. He is 6-foot-2 weighing 223 pounds. Scouts were pleasantly surprised. His teammate from 2020 was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2020 in the second round. So it’s more than plausible. Watch for the big chip on the shoulder. If Young gets a shot in camp — look out! A coach’s dream willing to do anything.
The Saints are going to draft a receiver in the 2022NFL Draft. It’s a matter of how many and when.
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