Baun totaled 12 tackles over 15 games in 2020. With veterans Demario Davis, Alex Anzalone and eventually Kwon Alexander logging the vast majority of available snaps at linebacker, Baun did well to become a regular contributor on special teams during his rookie year. Should the Saints free up over $13 million in cap space by parting ways with Alexander this offseason, there's a solid chance he could make a bigger impact on defense in 2021.
The Saints selected Baun in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 74th overall. The Wisconsin product was billed as a potential first-round selection, so this is a nice value for the Saints, who traded up with the Browns to get him. Baun was a monster off the edge for the Badgers, racking up 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He has athleticism as well, showing out at the combine with a 4.65-second 40-yard dash. Baun can be used as a pass rusher or he can play off-ball linebacker. He missed the 2017 season due to a foot injury but started all 27 games in his last two years.
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