New Orleans Saints dropped down to 30th in NFL’s power rankings

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If you’re a fan of the New Orleans Saints, then you aren’t going to particularly care for the early power rankings put out by NFL.com’s Elliott Harrison.

In his morning column, Harrison placed the black and gold all the way down to 30th in the league. Only the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns were ranked lower. Here’s what he had to say about the Saints, who moved down two spots.

"Oh boy … don’t particularly enjoy placing the Saints this low on the Power Rankings, but what do you do with a team that allowed 45 touchdowns through the air in 2015? New Orleans also allowed 476 points, and you can’t tangle all of that in former coordinator Rob Ryan’s hair. Yet, the club only drafted three players on defense (the Saints had the fewest picks overall with five). That said, teaming Cameron Jordan with first-rounder Sheldon Rankins makes this front formidable."

Understandably, the New Orleans Saints’ 7-9 finish for the second straight year in the row. But, how can you put them lower than the lowly Tennessee Titans (3-13) or San Diego Chargers (4-12) just because of an unpopular draft assessment? There’s also no mention of the 19 undrafted rookie free agents brought in, which actually adds an addition nine defensive players to the mix. There’s no mention of the other four defensive free agents brought in (Nick Fairley, Nathan Stupar, Craig Robertson, James Laurinaitis) or CFL prospect Erik Harris.

At the end of the day, actions speak louder than words. You can look at this as potential fuel to the fire for a hungry 2016 club, but they’re clearly going to have to prove a lot of people wrong this season.

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