In Payton Turner, the Saints get a defensive end with ‘tremendous upside’

The Saints have many needs on defense. Some are more glaring than others, but the ones that don’t jump out still exist.

New Orleans did not leave the first round with a cornerback or a linebacker or quarterback. The Saints' efforts to move up in the first round were unsuccessful; their aggressive nature was thwarted by closed doors when all they had to offer this year was the 28th pick.

So they sat and waited, which felt out of character, but that's simply how the draft played out. Finally, when New Orleans' turn came, two picks after the Browns selected Greg Newsome, it took defensive lineman Payton Turner, a player the team has quietly been intrigued by for some time.

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