November 17, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Ole Miss Rebels quarterback is hurried by LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
In the draft, the Saints could make a move that would place another playmaker in their front seven. That would be former L.S.U. outside linebacker/defensive end Barkevious Mingo.
Mingo is the most obvious and logical choice for the Saints but there is only one problem…he is the most logical and obvious choice for other teams as well that are ahead of the Saints who are in the first round at pick #15.
Should the Saints make a big trade to get someone that could change the dynamic of their new scheme or cross their fingers and pray he falls to them? Why pray you ask? Because so far, pre-Combine, Mingo is slotted by many mock drafts to go in the top 10 picks.
The dilemma is that because of the bounty punishments the Saints have lost their second round pick this year that could have been used for a trade to move up in the first round. The other option would be to sacrifice a first round pick next year to move up but that might be too much of a reach.
Other options exist for the Saints in both free agency and the draft but do those options have as much weight behind them as these do for the defense that ranked last in the NFL last year? We’ll find out beginning March 12th.