The primary-round of the 2021 NFL Draft was filled with surprises, as some gamers fell down draft boards whereas others have been taken greater than anticipated. The New Orleans Saints took one in every of these “high-risers,” as they chose former Houston defensive finish Payton Turner with the No. 28 total choose.
On Thursday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that a number of NFL executives believed Turner might be chosen within the first spherical as a result of his character, medicals and size. Turner recorded 25 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks in simply 5 video games performed for the Cougars final season. He missed two video games as a result of harm, nonetheless, which truly may need had one thing to do together with his inventory rising within the eleventh hour.
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Earlier on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Community reported that medical data was nonetheless coming in, and that groups have been scrambling to get a whole have a look at these prospects. It is potential one thing got here in at this time regarding Turner’s earlier accidents that put a significant concern of his to relaxation.
As for his match with the Saints, Turner matches properly on this 4-3 scheme. New Orleans does have Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport because the presumed starters, however with the previous turning 32 in July and the latter having questions on his potential, Turner undoubtedly has the potential to place some strain on these gamers — in addition to on quarterbacks.