The NFL released its full first-round draft selection chart Tuesday and, if you thought the Saints had a tough schedule, you were right.
Only nine teams played opponents who combined to win more games than the Saints’ opponents did this past season.
In all, New Orleans’ opponents went 132-124, a winning percentage of 51.6.
But the Saints had the third-toughest schedule in the NFC South. Both Tampa Bay and Atlanta faced a rougher 16-game stretch.
Tampa Bay played the league’s toughest schedule, its opponents winning 57.4 percent of their games. It’s part of the reason the Bucs went 4-12.
Atlanta, meanwhile, faced opponents who went 141-114.
Houston was next at 55.9 percent. Again, it was a part of why the Texans finished 2-14 and own the No. 1 overall pick in May’s draft.
Meanwhile, Kansas City played the easiest schedule, its opponents winning 44.5 percent of their games.
- Atlanta: No.6 pick, .553 opponent percentage (141-114)
- Carolina: No. 28 pick, .494 opponent percentage (126-129)
- New Orleans: No. 27 pick, .516 opponent percentage (132-124)
- Tampa Bay: No.7 pick, .574 opponent percentage (147-109)
Correction: The story originally said the Saints' schedule was the ninth-toughest. In the original story, St. Louis was mistakenly not counted.