The New Orleans Saints will sit out the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL draft, having traded this years first round pick to the New England Patriots last year to draft Mark Ingram, and of course losing their second round pick this year and next as a penalty for bounty gate.
Their first selection will come with the 27th pick of the third round, 91st overall, and while a case could be made for why the Saints should take a wide receiver or cornerback, safety could end up being the selection.
Depth at this position is thin as the Saints currently have four safeties on the roster — Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Isa Abdul-Quddus, and Jonathan Amaya — two at strong safety and two at free safety.
Starters Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins will reprise their roles as top dogs in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense in 2012, but if one were to get hurt the talent level drops of tremendously in consideration to their backups.
Quddus flashed some good potential last season, but Amaya didn’t see much action with exception to special teams duty.
Several intriguing safety prospects could be available for the taking in the third round including Markelle Martin, Trumaine Johnson, Brandon Taylor, Antonio Allen, and George Iloka.
Looking at LSU safety Brandon Taylor for a second he could make real sense for the Saints, who may have some interest in pushing Jenkins at the free safety position in 2012.
Taylor can make violent hits for a free safety, this projected position in the NFL. He is fast (4.50 forty-yard dash) and doesn’t shy away from getting physical with opposition.
At the Senior Bowl, his physicality stood out along with his display of quality instincts and good anticipation.
In 2011 Taylor put together a nice season for the LSU Tigers. He had 71 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, five pass deflections, one sack, and two interceptions.