A player other than a Defensive End at Selection No. 11
As of right now free agency hasn’t happened. It doesn’t commence until March 9th. But the discussion is still very prominent about who the Saints will select. Believe it or not, the Saints right now can afford to draft a defensive end in the later rounds of the draft, specifically the second or third round.
I feel that the Saints should first address the needs that correlate to a thin class of a certain position.
In this years class, the position of linebacker for example, features a lot less first round talent than defensive end does. Opting out of choosing defensive end with the Saints first selection provides the team with opportunities to address other needs such as cornerback or linebacker with their first selection.
Prospects like Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker will more than likely be available in the second or third round. They could still provide the needed help the Saints so desperately need at edge rusher. Anyone interested in reading about DeMarcus Walker click the link provided here.
I’ve been following the Saints and their needs for quite some time now. And it may not look as obvious as the glaring need at edge rusher does, but the Saints have other important positions that need to be filled beyond defensive end. Let’s take a look at linebacker for instance. A key play maker could easily be brought in to help provide depth for the Saints at that position. Prospects such as former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster could be brought in for example to help solidify the position entirely. Anyone interested in reading about Reuben Foster click the link provided here.
What the Saints have right now at linebacker isn’t awful, it just isn’t perfect.
In this day and age any weaknesses could easily be taken advantage of especially in the NFL. That’s concerning for this position for the Saints.
In all honesty, one could also make the argument for cornerback for the first round for the Saints. There is clearly uncertainty in the air due to the status of several corner backs returning from injury. There are more than a handful of talented corner backs worthy of the eleventh selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. For those who are interested in reading abut some of those talented cornerbacks click here.
All that can be said is defensive end is clearly a position of need, but it’s not the only need the Saints currently have.
The next topic of discussion is recent news, that could in fact change the way the Saints approach Free Agency this off season.