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New Orleans Saints: Team Draft Needs

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

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Team draft picks (5)

Round 1 (15)
Round 3 (75)
Round 4 (109)
Round 5 (144)
Round 6 (183)

1. Defensive line

Cameron Jordan is a very good fit at one of the end spots in New Orleansí 3-4 defense, but itís difficult to tell if they have anything at the other end position. Akiem Hicks is a candidate there, but if he is, the Saints still need to add talent at nose tackle.

Potential targets

First round


Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri
Sylvester Williams, DE, North Carolina
Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Third round

Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
Bennie Logan, DE, LSU

Fourth round

Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU
William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
Jordan Hill, DT, Penn Staet

Fifth through seventh rounds

Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin
Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State
Nick Williams, DT, Samford
Jared Smith, DT, New Hampshire

2. 3-4 Outside linebacker

The Saints have some hope at outside linebacker, where former third-round pick Martez Wilson and free agent signing Victor Butler offer some explosiveness. But both players are unproven, and the Saints should add some top talent at the position if they get the chance to.

Potential targets

First round


Cornellius Carradine, Florida State
Jarvis Jones, Georgia

Third round

Corey Lemonier, Auburn
Cornelius Washington, Georgia
Trevardo Williams, Connecticut
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Fourth round

Lerentee McCray, Florida
Stansly Maponga, TCU
David Bass, Missouri Western State
Michael Buchanan, Illinois
John Simon, Ohio State

Fifth through seventh rounds

Tristan Okpalaugo, Fresno State
Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky
Travis Johnson, San Jose State

3. Cornerback

Although Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson arenít going anywhere, neither is worth getting too excited about, and the Saints have almost nothing at cornerback otherwise. The Saints need to upgrade the third corner spot and apply some heat to Greer and Robinson.

Potential targets

First round


Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Jamar Taylor, Boise State
Desmond Trufant, Washington

Third round

Sanders Commings, Georgia
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Darius Slay, Mississippi State
Tharold Simon, LSU
B.W. Webb, William & Mary
David Amerson, North Carolina State
Leon McFadden, San Diego State

Fourth round

Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut
Will Davis, Utah State

Fifth through seventh rounds

Adrian Bushell, Louisville
Logan Ryan, Rutgers
Nickell Robey, USC
Johnny Adams, Michigan State

Other needs: offensive tackle, wide receiver depth

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