Despite being riddled with injury, the Saints secondary still has promise and optimism heading into next season.
Where The Saints Currently Stand:
The Saints secondary looks to bring what it should have brought last year. In all honesty, the Saints couldn’t have had worse luck with their cornerbacks last year, but optimism is glimmering in the Big Easy for this upcoming season. Led by standout cornerback Delvin Breaux and strong safety Kenny Vaccaro, the Saints look to rebound with their secondary this season, with help possibly from new faces.
The Saints secondary wasn’t completely awful last season. With the help of 6th, and 7th string cornerbacks, although the Saints were hurt, they were not out. The general uncertainty of the cornerbacks returning from injury is the main concern for this current need. Otherwise, if it weren’t for the plague of injuries last year, the Saints would generally be sufficing pretty well right now.
Reports have surfaced over the past few weeks that New Orleans would be interested in acquiring current Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler through a trade. Initially, if this playmaker would be brought in, it would absolutely solidify the need at cornerback for the Saints. In case the trade doesn’t happen, expect the team to acquire a cornerback through the draft.
What The NFL Draft Brings To This Position:
NFL Draft prospects such as Marshon Lattimore, Tre’Davious White, Marlon Humphrey, Adoree’ Jackson, Cordrea Tankersley and Gareon Conley could be brought in to help strengthen the team’s secondary as far as
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cornerback goes. With the uncertainty of the current Saints cornerbacks returning from injury, the team can not afford to take this need lightly. Any of these prospects previously mentioned would absolutely improve the Saints’ current secondary. Now when the Saints will address this position, that question remains unanswered.
As far as the need for safety goes, expect someone to also be brought in. The acquisition of a safety could absolutely help to improve what the Saints already have. With Jairus Byrd ultimately being cut, and the media not knowing if the Saints will bring back veteran Roman Harper, the ideal scenario is someone being drafted.
Why Saints Fans Should Be Excited:
Saints fans should be excited about the secondary because the team is finally making strides to improve, and that could in fact mean trading for a big-time cornerback. This current needs for the secondary aren’t the worst of the batch, yet it is something that still needs to be improved upon. If anyone is brought in, with the current Saints secondary roster, expect almost a “too much of a good thing” as far as the potential and talent goes.