New Orleans plays in the pass heavy NFC South, so the defensive units in this division must have a solid core of corners, in order to compete for the divion title.
New Orleans has a big need to upgrade their existing core of corners, which underperformed last season. The top remaining prospects the Saints will be targeting are Marshon Lattimore (if not already off the board), and Marlon Humphrey.
Lattimore, or Humphrey, would give the Saints an immediate upgrade, but more importantly, either prospect would give them a shutdown presense in their struggling secondary. In a draft loaded with defensive backs, New Orleans should have plenty of options available to improve their secondary.
Another area of the Saints defense in need of an upgrade is at inside linebacker. If Reuben Foster drops out of the top ten, the Saints will give him serious consideration. Foster is the top ILB in the draft, but concerns over his recent surgery has allowed his stock to drop a bit.
In the senario where Foster is already off the board, another option with the 11th pick is ILB Zach Cunningham, who is already racing up my draft board rankings. Cunningham is a beast, who has the skills sets, tangibles, and upside to become a Pro Bowl caliber player at next the level.
Either player would give the Saints interior defense an upgrade, which along with the secondary is another area of focus to improve entering the draft.
New Orleans has another concern facing them entering the draft, finding Drew Brees replacement at quarterback. Brees is nearing the end of his career, and 2017 could very well be his last in the NFL.
The top prospects remaining are DeShone Kizer, and Deshon Watson. However, is either talent worth putting upgrading their defense second in favor of drafting Brees' potential heir?
This is a weak draft class at the position, so the Saints could wait until the later rounds to draft a quarterback prospect for development behind Brees until he retires.
As mentioned earlier, the Saints top need entering the draft is improving their secondary. Another area of the secondary that needs an upgrade is at safety.
Jarius Byrd was a huge disappontment last season after a solid tenure in Buffalo. They also need a more aggressive strong safety, so they could use the 11th overall pick to improve this area of their defense.
Adams will be off the board, so the top propect available will be Malik Hooker out of Ohio State. Hooker has good coverage skills, flies doen the field in coverage, makes hard and smart hits, and is patient, which keeps him from playing over agressive on most downs.
Hooker would be a solid addition to the Saints' struggling secondary, and has one of the top upscsle scores in the draft. He could be a game changer from the opening snap on defense.
If you were the GM of the New Orleans Saints, who would you draft?
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