3 positions the New Orleans Saints could find problematic

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Linebacker

As aforementioned, the Saints didn’t have much room to improve in the draft.

Demario Davis is the teams only big name in the middle of the field, and he was recently ranked a top-15 4-3 linebacker by Athlon Sports. The site also recently did a deep dive into the Saints as they previewed the 2019 season.

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When talking about the linebacking core, the site held high praise for the unit. However, as the team has a stellar defensive line and an above-average cornerback duo, this unit might be one of the weaker ones.

"The linebacker corps might be the most improved unit on the team. Demario Davis leads the unit as the play-calling captain in the middle. He makes plays from sideline to sideline with his speed and instincts and also has proven to be an effective blitzer. A.J. Klein and Alex Anzalone flank Davis on the strong and weak sides, respectively. Both are smart, disciplined and rarely out of position in their run fits. Experienced depth is a question mark beyond Energizer-bunny backup Craig Robertson."

Overall, the site hit the nail on the head. Anzalone, who has been in the league just two seasons, needs to polish some of his game while Klein, who has been in the league over five years, has yet to really break out as a dominant force in the middle of the field.

This unit could be a strong one for New Orleans, but as the team gave up the fourth-most passing yards per game yet were top five in opponent’s rushing yards per game, there’s clearly still a need to prove their ability as a solid unit in coverage.

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