March 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton answers questions from reporters during the annual NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Who Dat Dish: New Orleans Saints News, Rumors and Links for 4/4

Welcome to the Who Dat Dish, the first edition in what will be a daily newsletter giving you all the New Orleans Saints news, rumors and links surrounding the team. Make sure you check in daily to see what the world is saying about the Saints!

Today we have mock drafts galore, news about NFL draft prospects visiting with the team and some tough questions about the future of the team.

Let’s take a look. Wants to Know How Much You Trust the Secondary:

Says Larry Holder:

Lewis should certainly aid the Saints secondary as he was considered one of the better overall free agents on the market. But Asomugha and Porter went elsewhere agreeing to terms with San Francisco and Oakland, respectively.

So the cornerbacks on the Saints roster as of now are Lewis, Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, Corey White, A.J. Davis, Ryan Steed and Dion Turner. The safeties on the Saints roster are Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Rafael Bush, Isa Abdul-Quddus and Jerico Nelson. Reviews the Saints Free Agency So Far:

Nakia Hogan and Mike Triplett discuss the team’s performance so far via video.


WalterFootball Has Some Interesting Rumors About the Saints Strategy in the First Round:

March 3: “We understand both the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints will look hard at defensive backs in the early rounds of the draft.” – Tony Pauline

Jan. 27: Sources told Charlie Campbell the Saints don’t put much value into the offensive tackle position, so they likely won’t pursue someone like Lane Johnson at No. 15 overall.


Canal St. Chronicles Reports the Saints Have Scheduled a Visit with Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah:

Higginbotham writes:

Ansah is a curiosity because he only began playing college football in 2010 and only for six games of the season. One story is that he was so unfamiliar with football that he needed help getting his pads on correctly.

But Ansah, born in Ghana, tried out for the basketball and track teams at BYU before being persuaded to try the football team as his focal sport. In 2011 he played in twelve games as a third down DE/OLB and in 2012 played in 13 games.

It was 2012 that saw him flourish due to an injury suffered by one of the starting defensive lineman and Ansah filled in for him. He had 62 tackles (13 for a loss), 4.5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble.


CBS Updated Mock Draft Has Saints Going Different Ways at No. 15 Overall:

Two of the four experts have New Orleans selecting former LSU linebacker Barkevious Mingo. One has the team taking former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and the last has the team selecting former Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.


Bleacher Report’s Will Osgood Has a New Mock Draft With Picks For Each Round:

Osgood has the Saints selecting Barkevious Mingo in the first round. In the third round, the team selects tight end Gavin Escobar out of San Diego State. The team addresses the cornerback and nose tackle position in the fifth and seventh rounds respectively.


Check back in tomorrow to see what the media are saying about the Saints.

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