Circumstances led Saints to draft for value more than need

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By BRETT MARTEL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have added three new offensive players on the final day of the 2021 draft after taking defensive prospects in the first three rounds. General manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton say they prioritized players who had a path to making the roster no matter what position they played. So the Saints reduced their total number of picks from eight to six through trades that allowed them to move up in the third and sixth rounds. Notable Saints selections included defensive end Payton Turner, linebacker Pete Werner, cornerback Paulson Adebo and quarterback Ian Book.