New Orleans Saints 4th Round Draft Choice Prediction
Who will the New Orleans Saints take in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft?
The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft was held on Thursday night, with rounds two and three set for tonight.
Rounds 4-7 will take place on Saturday, starting at 11 am.
On Wednesday, I offered up my thoughts on who the Saints may pick in the first round, and my actual prediction on the player they would eventually take, and then did the same yesterday, for who they might take in rounds 2-3.
Predicting a team’s first round pick is difficult enough. Chances are, that prediction will be inaccurate.
That being said, let’s just have some fun and try to predict the Saints’ fourth round pick.
Again, the Saints need help in a lot of areas. On offense, their most pressing needs are at receiver and guard, while defense, in all honesty, could use an upgrade at every position.
But, since I have them taking a defensive lineman in the first round, a cornerback in the second round, and a guard in the third round, I'm going to go receiver in the fourth round.
The Saints signed tight end Coby Fleener as a free agent, but lose Marques Colston, one the all-time franchise greats, and really, even if Colston were back, they'd still need help at the receiver spot.
The team could also use a bigger, physical receiver, who is more of a red zone threat.
With that in mind, I have them taking Keyarris Garrett, a receiver from Tulsa.
Garrett, who is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, played to his size in college, averaging 122.2 receiving yards-per-game in 2015, which is more than Baylor's Corey Coleman, who won the Bilentnikoff Award.
As a senior, Garrett compiled 95 catches for 1,588 yards and 8 touchdowns.
So, why isn't he thought of as anything better than a third round pick?
Well, Garrett is big, and has a long running stride, so it takes him some time to get going.
Still, we're talking about a skilled, productive player who can really be a great value pick in the fourth round, if he indeed lasts that long.
Team can get receivers later in the draft. You need look no further than 2006, when the Saints selected Colston in the 7th round as an example of that.
Looking back, they kind of the same reservations about Colston; big receiver who wasn't a burner, who was a long-strider, and who didn't play against elite competition.
I'm not say that Garrett is going to have the success Colton had. I'm just saying that this guy is worth way more than the risk of a fourth round draft choice.
truthfully, I think Garrett goes in the third round, but if he does last until the third, I'd be very excited if the Saints drafted him.
Now again, predicting draft choices are an exercise in futility, so these, and others that you read, hear, or see are likely wrong.
But they are fun!
Enjoy the draft!