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24 Players The New Orleans Saints Will Have An Eye On At The NFL Combine

By Editorial Staff
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Jordan, Cameron – DE from California

Jordan’s stock is hot after an outstanding week at the Senior Bowl and the Saints need a hybrid type player that can play all four position on the front line and help with depth.

Watt, JJ – DE from Wisconsin

This Saints are expected to pick a defensive player. Between the best players available at each position, Watt trumps BC tackle Anthony Castonzo. Watt would be an immediate upgrade over defensive end Alex Brown.

Smith, Aldon – DE from Missouri

New Orleans is still one of the NFL’s top elite pass rushing teams. But with every offense double teaming Will Smith, he will need a complement to keep offenses honest, and Smith may not provide an answer immediately, but he’s a phenomenal athlete that should transition well to outside linebacker.

Ingram, Mark – RB from Alabama

The Saints needs an every down running back again that will keep defenses honest and relieve some pressure off Drew Brees, who has thrown a ton of interceptions due to the lack of a running attack to balance out the offense.

Paea, Stephen – DT from Oregon State

Paea – though he suffered a meniscus injury at the Senior Bowl – is too talented, and has too big an upside to pass up here.

Houston, Justin – DE from Georgia

The Saints need to be able to put pressure on the quarterbacks to stay successful and Houston could start opposite of Will Smith or come in for third down situations until he can handle full time duties.

Ayers, Akeem – LB from UCLA

It’s not inconceivable that Ayers falls this far; he’s not great at any one thing, and linebackers slide down draft boards as a rule. Teams will like Ayers’ versatility and upside as a pass rusher, and a talented team like the Saints can afford to take the time to coach him up a bit.

Dowling, Ras-I – CB from Virginia

Dowling 2009 film showed first-round talent but he missed much of 2010 with hamstring and ankle injuries. Dowling has good size and speed and he plays the ball well, so it will be interesting to see if he makes some headway as he gets back to 100 percent.

Derek Sherrod – OT from Mississippi State

A good value here, Sherrod has high character and is a player with athletic ability. A very talented tackle with nice size (6′ 6″ 305 lbs). He could compete for a starting spot as a rookie.

There are several players other than those listed above like Patrick Peterson CB LSU, Anthony Castonzo OT Boston Colege, Mike Pouncy OG Florida  or Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois who will be taken if they are available.

Drake Nevis whom i had on my draft board may have hurt his chances of being picked in the first round while sustaining an slight foot injury while training for the combine, he also pulled out of the Senior Bowl late to prevent further damage.

The Saints have several picks in this years draft starting with number 24 in the first round. With all of the talent that this Saints team has, there are very few needs after taking care of their own restricted and unrestricted free agents.

The Saints need to close a few gaps that showed up late this past year on defense and get ready for another run at the Super Bowl in 2011/2012 season.

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