The New Orleans Saints can now close the book on one of the last parts of the bounty punishments they received last year. The club lost their second round pick last year and have now been informed that they have lost their second round pick in this years draft as well.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement on Monday during a question and answer session after some Saints fans were holding out hope that he would have some mercy after the Saints finished a dreadful year.
The Saints will now have a pick in each round except the second but there is still no word on if the club will lose a late round one after the questionable trade with the Seattle Seahawks this past season for linebacker Barrett Ruud who was on the team for only a brief time.
After not having much a pass rush in 2012, the popular opinion is that the team will go after a defensive end or defensive tackle with their first round pick. After that, who knows. Of course the Saints still are in need of a defensive coordinator to see what will happen with defensive picks in the draft.
Another option for the Saints would be to see if they will trade back later into the first round with their #15 pick or try to go back even further into the second round and stockpile a few picks in the beginning of that round.
Either way, the club will be expected to produce results for the hungry fans who were left starving for a postseason that ended flatter than any in recent memory.