New Orleans Saints 2023 NFL Draft Picks
After a rough 2022 NFL season, the Saints made noise in the offseason by signing quarterback Derek Carr. Now, the team shifts its focus to the 2023 NFL Draft.
Here’s what you need to know about the Saints’ draft picks in 2023.
List of 2023 Saints Draft Picks and Rounds
The Saints have a total of eight picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. They don’t have a sixth-round pick but do have two picks in the fifth round and two picks in the seventh round. Their first-round pick is slotted at No. 29 overall.
– 1st Round: 29th overall (from 49ers from Dolphins and Broncos)
– 2nd Round: 40th overall
– 3rd Round: 71st overall
– 4th Round: 115th overall
– 5th Round: 146th overall
– 5th Round: 165th overall (from Eagles)
– 7th Round: 227th overall
– 7th Round: 257th overall (compensation pick)
The Saints’ first-round pick comes in exchange with the Denver Broncos for the rights to head coach Sean Payton. They traded their original first-round pick for 2023 in the 2022 draft to move up to number 11 and pick WR Chris Olave.
A trade with the Eagles involving defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson got the team an extra fifth-round pick. They lost their sixth-round pick after trading it for CB Bradley Roby and he met his playing time qualification. The Saints also have a compensatory selection in the seventh round.
New Orleans Saints 2023 Mock Draft and Team Needs
The Saints could beef up the defensive line as it needs depth at the position. Several mock drafts around the sport have them adding defensive lineman Keion White from Georgia Tech or edge rusher Felix Anudike-Uzomah from Kansas State.
The team could add a wide receiver or tight end in the second round as it looks to get weapons around free-agent acquisition Derek Carr. He’s the focus for the near future. WR Josh Downs from North Carolina could be a nice option after over 2,300 yards receiving in his career.
If the team feels a top edge rusher might not be available late in the first round, they could potentially move up to select Lukas Van Ness from Iowa or Myles Murphy from Clemson in the 2023 draft.
Who do the experts have the Saints taking? You can check out a complete first-round Mock Draft on our sister-site 4for4 here.
When is the 2023 NFL Draft?
The highly anticipated NFL Draft is almost here, taking place over three exciting days in April in Kansas City, Missouri. The event begins on April 27th with the First Round picks, which will be broadcasted live on NFL Network and ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.
On April 28th at 7 p.m. ET, the second and third rounds will take place, followed by the final rounds on April 29th at noon ET. Football enthusiasts can expect a thrilling experience as teams select their picks and add fresh talent to their rosters.
New Orleans Saints Draft Picks FAQs
The 2023 NFL Draft weekend takes place on April 27-29. The event runs from Thursday to Saturday. It begins with the first round on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. This year, it’s located in Kansas City, Missouri at Union Station. Fans from all over the country go to one of the NFL’s biggest events.
The Saints have a total of eight draft picks in 2023. The team doesn’t have a sixth-round pick but does pick twice in both the fifth and seventh rounds.
The Saints have the No. 29th overall pick in April’s pro football draft. They received the pick after the Sean Payton trade. They gave up his head coaching rights to the Denver Broncos.