Something to note is that Gilgoblins use to be all male mooks with low intelligence and an obsession with shiny treasure. In BfA, we came across the Kelfin, who not only were smarter, but had a lot more developed personality with some cool designs. They still are a candidate as an allied race.
I don’t see why the same can’t be done with something like Saurok. Yes, many of them started off near-feral, but not all of them were like that. As I said, we’ve seen some behave in a temple to engage in honorable combat, hang out at a bar with other races, and also work with other races to accomplish a goal. Sure, that goal happens to be pirate-related, but several Saurok are capable of behaving in societies without trying to eat the faces off others.
It’d be interesting and ironic to see a creation of the Mogu, once utilized to conquer the world (of Warcraft!) instead used to help protect it (including from Mogu). As I said, a lot of potential is there if you look closely at Saurok and not completely write them off as just a jobber NPC race. Especially since they could get the Kelfin treatment and become something really awesome.
I could go on and on…but I’ve done that in my Saurok megathread, and still do.