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Replacing Darren Sproles

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Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) carries the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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Replacing Darren Sproles

Darren Sproles took a statistical dive in the New Orleans Saints’ pass-happy offense for the second year in a row in 2013. Combine his slow drop-off in production with a concussion issue in 2013 and his age (soon to be 31 years old), it didn’t take much to prompt the Saints to jump on a trade, sending their once versatile offensive weapon to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The move at first glance suggests the once pass dominant Saints were cooling on the idea of passing more than they run. Add in the fact that Drew Brees passed a little less in 2013 than he did in 2012, and the writing may actually be on the wall. If it hadn’t been already, at least perhaps it should be, as the last time the Saints got deep in the playoffs (and actually won the Super Bowl, was the year Brees attempted just 514 passing attempts. That was his lowest total as a Saint, and ended up being the most effective season for the team.

So, that could be the direction the Saints are headed in – a bit of an offensive revolution. Then again, it could be that Sproles was simply aging and not quite as effective as he had previously been.

If that’s the case, then, could the Saints now be in the hunt for a Sproles replacement? And if they are, will they be trying to replace Sproles from within or in the 2014 NFL Draft?

Replacing Sproles in this year’s draft is actually the most likely answer, as current options on the roster don’t offer Sproles’ diverse skill-set. Let’s take a look at a few prospects in this year’s draft that the Saints could pluck off the board and make into a new Darren Sproles.