New Orleans Saints add defensive help in the first round of the NFL Draft
By Bob Garcia
The Saints use their 28th pick to bring on defensive end Payton Turner
Many NFL fans and teams have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 2021 NFL Draft. The goal is always to get, as much as possible, the players that best fit the teams’ needs and it looks like the New Orleans Saints have already made their choice. Opting to bolster their defense, Houston defensive end Payton Turner will now wear the Saints jersey, making him a surprise pick at 28th overall.
The 6-foot-6 defensive end’s performance over the past year is simply beyond description. It took just five games for Turner to add 10.5 tackles for a loss and five catches to his numbers. It shows that the big man knows what it takes to excel on the field and that’s certainly something the Saints want on their roster these days.
For many pundits and fans this selection was a bit of a surprise since days ago there had been talking of other names and other positions. What has been agreed upon is that the defense is a department that was in dire need of a strong player, and it is very possible that Turner is capable of bringing all that and more. His numbers have backed him up and now that he is on a big-name team, it is very possible that we will see him exploit all his capabilities and become a fundamental piece in the search for the ultimate goal, the Super Bowl.
Turner has so far three years where he has been a starter without exception, a track record that, clearly, the Saints felt were too good to pass up. Many fans can’t wait to see the connection this player will now have with Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport. It looks like it will be an explosive combination and will pay off for the Saints in the future.