10 players the New Orleans Saints must target in the 2016 NFL Draft

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The New Orleans Saints have needs to fill on both sides of the football, so what better way to do so than the 2016 NFL Draft?

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) poses for photos after being selected as the number twenty overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the New Orleans Saints at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports /

Free agency, of course, is another option, but with a looming cap situation that will surely see some relief but still be a burden, the New Orleans Saints won’t have a ton of wiggle room.

The Senior Bowl is over and the scouting combine is right around the corner, which means the 2016 NFL Draft is just a few short months away.  Mock drafts, scouting reports, and other breakdowns regarding the incoming rookie class are certainly not at a shortage.

As for the New Orleans Saints, a lot needs to happen this offseason, whether it be in the draft or in the free agent market.  For starters, a weakside linebacker could arguably be their biggest need thanks to Dannell Ellerbe‘s questionable health, while upgrades at defensive tackle and the defensive end spot opposite Cam Jordan also wouldn’t hurt.

An additional wide receiver, preferably one of the bigger variety to possibly replace (or try his best) a declining Marques Colston, is an idea.  The 6-foot-6 Brandon Coleman showed promise, but he never lived up to his preseason hype.  There’s still a chance he finds a rhythm, but remember — he went undrafted in 2014 for a reason.

Of course, an aging Jahri Evans and an inconsistent Tim Lelito may force the Saints to look for another offensive guard or two to protect their prized possession in quarterback Drew Brees, while also creating running lanes for Mark Ingram and company.  For starters, we’ll assume they’ll be out and about to find a replacement for Lelito on the left side — it’s very necessary.

With all that being said, I give you ten players the New Orleans Saints must target in the 2016 NFL Draft…

(The Saints can’t take everybody home, but these candidates are sure to draw some consideration based on how the game plays out in the draft room.)

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