The New Orleans Saints were very appreciative of the Ohio State Buckeyes receivers earlier this week. They were one of many NFL teams accredited for the Buckeyes’ season opener road victory over the Minnesota Gophers, with first-round projected receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson each making touchdown passes. deep – Olave recorded scores of 38 and 61 yards, while Wilson caught a 56-yard one. Olave totaled 4 receptions for 117 yards and Wilson 5 receptions for 80 yards.
Either player would be a welcome addition to New Orleans in the 2022 NFL Draft. But the Saints College scouting department will be busy evaluating all of their options in the coming months. While we don’t know exactly where Jeff Ireland’s dozen of staff are assigned each week, some of them have been reported locally in the college football landscape.
Blue Gold News Reports that the Saints are one of three NFL teams in attendance for West Virginia’s game with the Maryland Terps. Mountaineers’ draft prospects to watch include All-Big 12 safety Alonzo Addae and quarterback Jarret Doege, a potential late-round draft pick. But many eyes will be on Maryland passer Taulia Tagovailoa in her second year in the system.
But the Saints are part of a much larger crowd in the Iowa State-Northern Iowa game, with Quinn Douglas of KQWC FM listing New Orleans among the city’s ten teams to spot the Cyclones. Iowa State’s top prospects include running back Breece Hall, athletic rusher Will McDonald IV and safety guard Isheem Young. Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy shouldn’t be overlooked either. North Iowa left tackle Trevor Penning has all the qualities teams appreciate and could be one of the best-chosen small school prospects with a solid season.
The saints too recorded in West Florida before their opener with McNeese State. The Argos are looking to defend their Division 2 national championship, which was built by underrated pickup trucks like JUCO transfer safety D’Anthony Bell. When they’re not in the press gallery to watch games live, NFL scouts are busy hitting the road to tour campuses and fill out scout reports.
But we shouldn’t look too deeply at all of this – or worry that the Saints are missing larger-scale clashes like Alabama vs. Miami or Georgia vs. Clemson, or Wisconsin vs. Penn State. Scouts or executives could very well be present without being accredited for a seat in the press gallery, and that whole game gang will be available for review later anyway. It’s only a small part of the process that leads to the draft.
Still, it’s always interesting to see where black and gold appear on Fall Saturdays. And it’s fun to speculate on how things might turn out as the draft cycle accelerates. Perhaps the big wins these Buckeyes receivers made against Minnesota left a strong impression.