Who Dat Dish: New Orleans Saints News, Rumors and Links for 4/20

November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) runs against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints now have an official schedule, so it’s time to turn our attention back to a more pressing matter—the NFL draft.

You better believe that’s what everyone else is doing.

In today’s version of the Who Dat Dish we’ll take a look at some ideal draft scenarios, gauge whether the team should trade down and give an update on the Chris Ivory situation.

Let’s take a look.

 

ESPN Says Saints Likely to Move Chris Ivory for a Late-Round Pick

Per Pat Yasinskas:

Restricted free agent Chris Ivory signed his offer sheet with the Saints. But the New York Jets reportedly still are interested in trading for Ivory. I think there’s a good chance the Saints would accept a fourth- or fifth-round pick because they have such a logjam at running back and needs elsewhere.

 

ESPN’s NFC South Chat Brings Up a Fair Point About the Saints’ 2013 Season

Per Pat Yasinskas:

Cary (New Orleans): Any chance the Saints put a productive 3-4 defense on the field this year? Especially with their cap situation and lack of draft picks.

PY: It’s going to be a challenge. But the good news for them is it would be hard to be worse than last year’s defense.

 

ESPN Lists the Saints’ Best-Case-Scenario in the 2013 NFL Draft

Per Pat Yasinskas:

They need to add a strong edge rusher as they switch to the 3-4 defense with new coordinator Rob Ryan. LSU defensive end/linebackerBarkevious Mingo and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones are the two guys who fit that description and could be available when the Saints pick at No. 15. I don’t think the Saints could go wrong either way. Mingo wasn’t all that productive in college, but his measurables were off the charts. Jones didn’t test all that well, but he was a very productive college player.

 

NOLA.com Says Trading Down May be a Bad Move for Saints

Per Mike Triplett:

But if that happens, I think it should be considered a disappointment for the Saints. A missed opportunity.

Look, I understand all the reasons it makes sense to trade down. The Saints don’t have a second-round pick. They need upgrades at left tackle and throughout their defense. And many draft analysts have suggested that this year’s class has more depth than it has star power at the top.

But what the Saints need more than anything out of this year’s draft is a big-impact player, especially on that sagging defense.

 

ICYMI: We Reported on the Chris Ivory Signing and What It Means Moving Forward

ICYMI: We Had a Fellow NFC South Columnist Give Us His Breakdown of the Saints 2013 Schedule 

Topics: Barkevious Mingo, Chris Ivory, Jarvis Jones, Latest News, New Orleans Saints

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