Brandin Cooks would provide New Orleans with an explosive scoring threat, but Marqise Lee is a more complete wide receiver.
The USC standout was once the consensus No. 3 receiver in the draft class, but the recent rise of Beckham and Cooks appears to have bumped him down a couple of slots. That’s not bad news for the Saints.
Lee has the ability to line up on the outside as well as in the slot, and he produced big numbers in a pro-style offense at USC. He’s quick off the line of scrimmage, runs solid routes and has fantastic run-after-the-catch abilities.
In truth, the New Orleans Saints have no shortage of choices in the first round. If they use the pick to address a need, they are most likely to target a wide receiver.
Besides the receivers mentioned above, others who could be viable options with the 27th pick include Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin, Penn State’s Allen Robinson and Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews.
The Saints could also go in a different direction, however, and draft the best overall player available with their first-round pick. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley could all be there for the taking, and New Orleans may find it too difficult to pass one of them up.
Either way, the Saints will be looking to make a significant splash in the first round of this year’s draft, as they attempt to get back to the Super Bowl in 2014-15.