New Orleans Saints: Top five positions the Saints must address in 2020

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Number Two: Cornerback

I have addressed this in the past, but acquiring an elite-level cornerback in either the draft or in free agency is an absolute must. Eli Apple is likely out the door, Janoris Jenkins is old but still effective but only has one remaining year left on his contract.

Marshon Lattimore is still playing at an elite level on his rookie contract making him a possible hold out candidate as well. Addressing the cornerback concern is arguably the most important need this offseason.

There are multiple options in both free agency and in the draft that the Saints should consider. Chris Harris, Bradley Roby, and Jimmy Smith are the cream of the crop this year.

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While their asking price may be a little on the steep side, there are cheaper and reliable options deeper down the class. Ronald Darby, Artie Burns, and Byron Jones are all options the Saints should consider.

Byron Jones is a guy who is most likely to hit the market due to the Cowboys stingy contract situation and in my eyes, he is the best of the three. Ronald Darby has been struggling of late but putting him against second or third receivers could prove to be a beneficial matchup.

I am almost positive the Steelers will hold onto Artie Burns but trying to bring him to the big easy should still be an option. The Saints could also look to the 2020 NFL Draft to address their needs. CJ Henderson is a guy I have had paired with the Saints since the start of the 2018 season.

If he falls within the trade-up range, I hope the Saints pull the trigger on the athletic cornerback from Florida.

Guys like Paulson Adebo and Kristian Fulton should be available in the second round for the Saints to consider as well. With two cornerbacks contracts expiring this year and two expiring next year, addressing the cornerback position is not a want, it’s a need.