Brown may still not be ready to take over but head coach Sean Payton has praised him and his work ethic during his time with the team. Bushrod is scheduled to become a free agent this year, so Brown may have no choice but to step-up.
Given the uncertainty at the position, with Bushord’s up and down play coupled with Brown’s inexperience, would the Saints consider drafting a left tackle in the first, second or third round this year?
Likely yes as any position on the roster could use help given the large amount of free agents (27) the Saints still have yet to sign. Logic dictates they will not be able to retain every player.
New Orleans holds the 24th pick in the first round and the 56th overall pick in the second round, and their are plenty of options at tackle that will be available around both picks.
Derek Sherrod, Anthony Costanzo, Gabe Carimi and Nate Solder are all first round tackles expected to go towards the bottom of the first round. In the second Benjamin Ijalana, Jospeh Barksdale and James Carpenter could all be options.
The Saints are a team that sticks to the their mantra of taking the best player availible regardless of need, simply refusing to draft based on need alone.
Drafting a tackle is a real option for New Orleans and more importantly protecting Brees’ blindside is top priority, as without him they would no longer be a contender.