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Most intriguing positional battles for the New Orleans Saints

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Wide Receiver

Jun 10, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) during minicamp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s think about this for a second. Despite prospect visits and heavily rumored interest, the Saints did not draft a wide receiver. That says a lot about the confidence the front office has in the evolution of the ‘young guns’.

The team has five second-year wide receivers set to compete for spots: Brandin Cooks, Jalen Saunders, Willie Sneed, Brandon Coleman, Seantavius Jones; and then other familiar faces: Nick Toon, Andy Tanner, Joe Morgan. The Saints also officially brought in two undrafted rookie free agents, R.J. Harris (New Hampshire) and Malcolme Kennedy (Texas A&M).

Naturally, I’m not overlooking Marques Colston, who nearly has more tenure under his belt than nearly all receivers combined. Colston figures to be the Obi Wan Kenobi to a host of Luke Skywalkers. The Saints will need production from their young corps of receivers, and there’s no other way to put it. Cooks and Morgan figure to be the only locks outside of Colston, and the rest will have to compete for spots.

Both Coleman and Jones have received high marks from Sean Payton on their potential contributions for the upcoming season:

"“I think we are going to hear a lot of good things about Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman. Those are some young guys that we feel like are progressing real well, and I do feel confident in that position group.”"

If you recall some of the wide receivers that have walked through the doors in the past decade under Sean Payton, someone like David Patten comes to mind. He was nearly at the end of his respective career, and still flashed with Drew Brees passing to him. We’re hoping for some similar lightning in a bottle with the young wideouts.

In my opinion, this is the best position battle on the team.