Zion Williamson appears set to join the New Orleans Pelicans as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft after the Pels won the draft lottery Tuesday, but New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has other ideas.
Payton took to Twitter on Wednesday and jokingly tweeted a photo of Williamson in a Saints uniform:
The 6'7", 285-pound Williamson is a remarkable athlete with elite leaping ability and put together a lengthy highlight reel of dunks during his only season at Duke.
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With his size and athleticism, Williamson could be an intriguing tight end prospect—a thought that once occurred to Texas State offensive line coach Eric Mateos.
In November, Mateos told ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello that when he was LSU's tight ends coach in 2016, he offered Williamson a scholarship. Mateos quipped, "I thought, hell, why not, he's probably the best damn tight end to ever live."
A switch from basketball to football isn't likely for Williamson. He was the consensus National College Player of the Year last season at Duke and is the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.
Missing out on Zion won't bother Payton too much, though, since the Saints beefed up their tight end position by signing Pro Bowler Jared Cook this offseason.