They addressed their most glaring needs
Of course, everyone was on the same page when it came to New Orleans’ biggest problem. It was opposite Cam Jordan, who already performs at an All-Pro level. Since Junior Galette was released from the team, helping out Jordan up front has been the golden ticket New Orleans wants to cash in on.
Drafting Sheldon Rankins was a big step in the right direction. Signing Nick Fairley, Alex Okafor, drafting Trey Hendrickson and going after Ndomukong Suh, all were moves that showed New Orleans’ cards. The drafting of Marcus Davenport two weeks ago nearly finalized this culmination, and fills in the missing puzzle piece.
The menacing edge rusher out of UTSA was the third player in a row the Saints stole in the first round. Last year, the Saints got the second best, if not the absolute best, cornerback prospect without being in the top ten. Then, they selected Ramczyk, a top three offensive lineman in the class, with the final pick in the first round.
With Davenport, he was the second best edge talent behind Bradley Chubb. Chubb is a generational talent, so it’s not a bad second place nod. He can be a double-digit sack machine within his first two seasons, elevating that front seven. Opposing offensive lines will have to decide who to double between Davenport, Rankins and All-Pro Jordan. With other moves, the Saints’ defense is in Super Bowl-shape. That is if everything on paper is as promising on the field.