With the 2008 draft nearing, the Saints have many options with the 10th pick overall. The Saints draft philosophy in the first round has been to take the best player available. The Saints have upgraded their entire defensive unit this offseason so it should be their mindset to take the best defensive player on the board. With that in mind here are their options at #10 or if they move up (as has been reported as a possibility). Here is a look at some of the prospects:
Glenn Dorsey, DT LSU: This would be the dream pick for the Saints and all their fans. There is no doubt the Saints would have to trade up into the top 5 to have a chance at drafting Dorsey. He is an explosive, dominating defensive tackle, which the Saints defense could clearly use. He would be an instant fan-favorite having played at local LSU.
Sedrick Ellis, DT USC: Like Dorsey, Ellis is also very explosive. Ellis is projected not to fall past the Bengals at #9, meaning the Saints would need to trade up for a chance to draft him as well. His height is a concern but that just seems to be nit-picking.
Keith Rivers, LB USC: Keith is an athletic linebacker, having exceptional size (6′ 2″) and speed(4.65 40-time). He can play either linebacker spot but with the addition of Jonathan Vilma he would most likely play on the outside if drafted. The Saints, however, have all three starting linebackers last year returning and have added Dan Morgan along with Vilma.
Cornerbacks: These prospects include: Leodis McKelvin (Troy), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Tenn St.), Mike Jenkins (USF), and Aqib Talib (Kansas). All of these corners have different strengths and weaknesses, which has created no clear-cut choice on who is the top corner in the draft.
Opinion: I believe the Saints will try their best to trade up and take either Dorsey or Ellis. If the plan to trade up fails, I believe the Saints should decide to take Rivers or Jenkins. The Saints have done a solid job improving their corners and linebackers this offseason but you can never have enough. Rivers can fill in and play immediately. Jenkins seems to have the best all-around package at corner with speed, experience in a solid conference, and size.