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New Orleans Saints: Latest News And Pre-Draft Analysis

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Brady vs. NFL —  the lawsuit headlined by Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Payton Manning — is nearing it’s conclusion with the ruling expected to be issued Monday by Judge Susan Nelson.

The players are attempting to block the NFL’s current lockout and get back to normal off season preparations under the rules of the expired CBA.

The lawsuite claims the NFL violated the antitrust language written in the old CBA and that the lockout is doing irreparable financial damage to the players.

The ruling is the next major milestone in the labor battle, which is expected to favor the players, and if so the NFL is prepared to file a stay only prolonging the lockout and duration of what is shaping up to be an epic legal battle.

In draft news the Saints have marched a who’s who of potential draft picks through  their Metairie practice facility in preparation for next weeks draft.

RB Mark Ingram, RB Kendall Hunter, RB Alex Green, DE Cameron Jordan, DT Muhammad Wilkerson, DT Phil Taylor, OT James Carpenter, LB Quan Sturdivant, CB Jimmy Smith and FB/TE Charles Clay.

All names that have been connected to the Saints or have had a meeting with the team in the last several months.

The common consensus is that the Saints need and will select a defensive tackle with their first pick, which may happen depending on how the upper part of the draft plays out.

However it seems to me that defensive tackle is not a major concern for the Saints, as they have already signed Shaun Rogers and CFL all-star Tom Johnson, among others, this off-season.

Defensive end is more of a concern as the depth at the position is thin. Not only that, starting defensive end Will Smith is more than likely to be suspended for the first four games of the season, if there is a season.

Smith, along with several other players, were caught up in the StarCaps case, which contained a banned a diuretic according to the leagues forbidden substances list.

His suspension has been lingering for some time, but recently the court case surrounding it has finally run it’s course, and the efforts of Pat and Kevin Williams to win and injunction against the NFL and block the suspensions have failed.

Another potential need, that not very many people are discussing, is the Saints desire to address the offensive line. Left tackle Jermon Bushord has been adequate, but not great, and is scheduled to become a free agent once the lockout is lifted.

Jon Stinchcomb, the teams veteran right tackle, may have seen his best days behind him after displaying a huge drop in the quality of his play last season. That of course makes right and left tackle a priority for the Saints.

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