The Saints have built one of the NFL's most talented rosters.
The Saints are so stacked they didn't need to draft any immediate contributors because they already have solid players at every position. This team is so good that many people convinced themselves that a third receiver was a pressing need and considered drafting an interior offensive lineman during the first round an act of wrongdoing.
The level of need at wide receiver certainly did not warrant a first-round pick, not when Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders sit atop the depth chart, but one could argue New Orleans has a need at this spot depending on where you stand on Tre'Quan Smith. The former third-round pick has flashed talent and pieced together a few highlights, but only averaged 21 yards receiving per game last season.
Smith might not ever elevate to the point where he can serve as a legitimate sidekick to Thomas, but he should be talented enough to stretch the field and get open as the third receiver. Perhaps by condensing his role and limiting his responsibilities, Smith can find a way to carve out a meaningful role within the offense.
Making this happen wouldn't take much, especially since the role is somewhat small. New Orleans only used three or more receivers on 44 percent of its plays last season, the fifth-lowest total in the NFL. Of the 448 plays the Saints ran from these looks 319 were passing plays.
If he makes the team and wins the third-receiver role, Smith wouldn't be restricted to three-receiver plays. He'd earn snaps in different looks, just like he'd lose some snaps in three-receiver sets to players like Deonte Harris or whoever else is active on game days. All New Orleans really needs out of Smith is around 450-500 snaps and about 40 yards per game. If Smith provides that, it should be considered a successful season.
But is he capable?