Drew Brees looked like a quarterback on his last legs in Week 2 against the Raiders defense. And, Taysom Hill is not the answer to be his replacement, despite what his contract might indicate. With Teddy Bridgewater gone, Sean Payton and Co. have to find a replacement for Brees. And fast.
In this mock, Trey Lance from North Dakota State falls to New Orleans late in the first round. Despite coming from a small school and not having loads of experience, the Saints would be crazy not to pick the North Dakota State product if he's available when they go on the clock because of his athletic traits and arm talent.
Remember, the draft order below was determined using SportsLine's reverse Super Bowl odds following Sunday's Week 2 action.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 203 lbs
Losing Deandre Baker is a major bummer for the Giants organization, and his off-field transgressions have left a gaping hole in the team's secondary. Surtain is a tall, imposing outside cornerback with NFL bloodlines.
Round 1 - Pick 6
LSU • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Washington has the league's best defensive DVOA through two weeks -- imagine that. It's time for the club to turn its attention to the offense. Chase and Terry McLaurin would be a nightmare of a duo for opposing secondaries to cover.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Caleb Farley DB
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'2" / 207 lbs
At this point, the Jaguars should be content with Gardner Minshew at quarterback. The secondary still needs major work, even with a strong start from first-round cornerback C.J. Henderson. Easy pick here.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Penn State • Jr • 6'3" / 244 lbs
At this rate, Matt Patricia is not going to be the Lions head coach in 2021. But I don't think the new hire will immediately kick Matthew Stafford to the curb. If anything, Detroit is in dire need of quality playmakers at the linebacker spot, and Parsons is exactly that.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE
Wake Forest • Sr • 6'5" / 285 lbs
The Broncos need to address the future of the edge-rusher spot given Von Miller's age and the fact he'll be returning from a serious injury next year. Basham is big, powerful, and bendy around the corner.
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Round 1 - Pick 10
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • Jr • 5'10" / 182 lbs
This absolutely could be when the Vikings pull the trigger on a quarterback of the future given Kirk Cousins' brutal start to the season. But in this mock, Minnesota gives it one more go with him at quarterback and picks another receiver in the first round to bolster the environment around the veteran passer.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Oregon • Jr • 6'1" / 201 lbs
Holland provides stunning play-making ability from any position in the secondary thanks to amazing instincts. The Eagles need a game-changer at the safety position to move the defense forward.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Dylan Moses LB
Alabama • Sr • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Moses has looked like a first-round pick for years, and he's primed for a big season at Alabama coming off his ACL injury. Given Malcolm Smith's age, Cleveland should think long-term at the linebacker spot.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Kyle Pitts TE
Florida • Jr • 6'6" / 240 lbs
Pitts is the most dangerous receiving weapon at the tight end spot in this class. Regardless of who's quarterbacking the Colts in the future, he'll love an athletic specimen like Pitts on the roster.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Round 1 - Pick 20
Alabama • Sr • 6'6" / 312 lbs
It'd be a flip from left to right tackle for Leatherwood, but the Patriots need to fortify the right side of the line, and the Alabama star is easily the best available at the position here.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Washington State • Jr • 6'7" / 328 lbs
Going off the radar here with Lucas, a pass-protecting specialist from Washington State to block for Tom Brady -- and the future Buccaneers quarterback. Donovan Smith hasn't gotten off to a good start in Tampa this season.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Shaun Wade CB
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Too good of a prospect-team pairing to not include in this mock. Wade is an electric mover covering the slot and has a chance to show his ability as an outside cornerback this year. Six Ohio State cornerbacks have been picked in the first round of the past five drafts.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Kwity Paye DL
Michigan • Sr • 6'4" / 272 lbs
Paye was No. 1 on Bruce Feldman's Freaks List, and past recipients of that distinction include supreme athletes like Saquon Barkley and Myles Garrett. Buffalo must think ahead at the edge spot, and the Michigan star would make plenty of sense at this juncture of the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 27
Round 1 - Pick 29
I think it'll be hard for Lance to go early in Round 1 without a full season of film this year, but the Saints jump at the opportunity to get their Drew Brees replacement.