The New Orleans Saints have made several moves over the past two weeks to indicate their plan in the 2015 NFL Draft. They had three restricted free agents this offseason and rather than offer them a tender, the Saints allowed them to test the market.
Harris’ resigning brings the number of linemen the Saints are carrying into the season at ten. Most teams can only dress seven linemen on gameday and keep nine on the roster going into the season.
The Saints won’t be looking to upgrade this position in the draft barring any complications with Jahri Evans‘ contract.
Allowing Walker to walk (no pun intended) leaves six defensive linemen on the roster. Most teams carry seven or eight linemen (for a 3-4 defense) 0n the roster.
This is the position the Saints will be looking to upgrade in the draft. Brodrick Bunkley‘s spot at nose tackle seems like the prime candidate as Walker would rotate there occasionally.
Bunkley agreed to a second pay cut to stay with the team in 2015 and is on the wrong side of 30. A changing of the guard at the nose tackle position should be expected soon since he hasn’t been able to stay healthy on a consistent basis.
The flexibility that the Saints have in rounds 1-2 make it a possibility that the Saints snag a defensive tackle in the draft to compete against Bunkley for the position.
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