The New Orleans Saints have been searching for help at the wide receiver position since the NFL trade deadline and will have all offseason to bring another weapon in. Michael Thomas is one of the top receivers in the game and bringing in a guy who can take pressure off of him would be huge.
Looking ahead at the 2020 NFL Draft, there is one sleeper prospect that could make a lot of sense. Arizona State standout Brandon Aiyuk would make a lot of sense for the Saints.
Whether they target him at No. 24 overall pick or wait and try to snag him in the second round, he would be exactly what the doctor ordered. Standing in at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, he brings solid size to go along with good speed and athleticism.
NFL.com currently has a good comparison for Aiyuk. They have listed Robert Woods as the best comparison for him. If he can develop into that kind of receiver, the Saints would be wise to take him if they get the chance.
There are some question marks with Aiyuk. He has to add more physicality to his game, as well as being able to stretch the field vertically. However, as a possession receiver, Aiyuk could be a dangerous target for Drew Brees.
Among his strengths, Aiyuk will create tough matchups for opposing defensive backs. He is also a crisp route-runner and would find openings that would be difficult for defenses to defend. His ability to make plays and pick up yardage after the catch would be valuable for the Saints too.
Needless to say, there are quite a few reasons the Saints should look into this option. He may not be a great candidate at No. 24, but New Orleans could look to trade back to the early second round to take him.
Expect to see the Saints target a wide receiver in the first few rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. Aiyuk may not end up being the pick, but he would make a lot of sense for them.