One of the big questions for the Saints this season is where they are going to get their offense.
A lot of catches walked out the door this offseason when the Saints traded away wide receiver Kenny Stills and tight end Jimmy Graham, meaning someone is going to have to step up and fill the void.
New Orleans has Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston at the top of the depth chart at wide receiver, but things are open behind them, with a cast of players competing for snaps and targets.
While it’s possible someone on the roster steps up to claim a job, it’s likely the Saints will draft a receiver at some point during next week’s draft.
Here’s a look at some guys who could be of interest to the Saints within the first five rounds:
Targets at 13
Amari Cooper, Alabama: A lot would have to break in New Orleans’ favor for Cooper to fall to 13, but the Saints might have to pull the trigger if he’s sitting there. Cooper would have the potential to be the most talented receiver in a division rich with talent at the position.
Kevin White, West Virginia: The same criteria applies here. White will likely be off the board by the time the Saints come on the clock, but he runs a close 1A to Cooper. He caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards with 10 touchdowns last year and has the potential to develop into the best receiver in this class.
DeVante Parker, Louisville: There’s at least a realistic chance Parker falls to the Saints. There are questions about his toughness and he suffered a foot injury that kept him sidelined for the first seven games last year, but still managed to catch 43 passes for 855 yards with five touchdowns.
Targets at 31
Nelson Agholor, USC: His stock has been rising, so 31 may not longer be in the question. He possesses the ability to play both inside and outside, finishing with 104 catches for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Ran a 4.42 at the scouting combine.
Phillip Dorsett, Miami: The 5-foot-9 Dorsett possess 4.28 speed and will almost always be the fastest player on any field. That alone is enough to give defensive coordinators fits. Pair him with Brandin Cooks and it makes life even more difficult for defenses.
Devin Smith, Ohio State: Smith is one of the best deep threats in the draft and will help open up things up for an offense with his ability to get down the field. But there are questions about his ability to run other routes. He caught 33 passes for 931 yards with 12 touchdowns last season.
Breshad Perriman, Central Florida: Stands 6-foot-2 and ran a 4.24 40-yard dash at his pro day, which alone will put him on the radar. Is said to be a poor route runner and has questionable hands. He might need to be coached up.
Targets at 44
Jalen Strong, Arizona State: Strong has a wrist injury that may be an issue for some teams. His talent shouldn’t be. Strong caught 82 passes last year for 1,165 yards with 10 touchdowns while playing in a mediocre offense.
Sammie Coates, Auburn: Ran 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine and was a top performer in the bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, and 20-yard shuttle. Has a reputation for dropping a lot of passes.
Targets at 75 and 78
Rashad Greene, Florida State: Caught 99 passes for 1,365 yards last season after catching 77 for 1,128 as a junior. Steady producer who could have a good NFL career.
Justin Hardy, East Carolina: Eclipsed 1,000 yards each of the last three seasons, and finished last season with 121 receptions for 1,494 yards.
Tre McBride, William and Mary: Has great hands and a highlight reel full of ridiculous catches. He’ll need to prove he can perform against better talent.
Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas: He has the size at 6-4, but scouting reports say he does not show good leaping ability and often lost on balls against smaller cornerbacks.
Devin Funchess, Michigan: Has experience at both tight end and wide receiver. Has drawn comparisons to Marques Colston.
Dres Anderson, Utah: Scouting reports say he plays strong and is not afraid to go over the middle of the field, but struggles against press coverage.
Targets at 148
Deontay Greenberry, Houston: Stands 6-foot-3 and can play all over the field. Questions exist about his penchant for drops.
Kenny Bell, Nebraska: Ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at his pro day and often ran past players in games. Makes big catches and runs solid routes.
Darren Waller, Georgia Tech: His 6-foot-6 size and 4.46 speed make him an intriguing prospect.