Number Two: Defensive Veterans
Unfortunately, due to free agency and salary cap restraints the New Orleans Saints defense may be without many familiar faces, but the core of this unit led by star Demario Davis and elite cornerback Marshon Lattimore could still make for one of the league’s best defenses.
During the 2020 season, the New Orleans Saints defense held opponents to an average of less than 100 rushing yards and 300 passing yards per game. They were just one of six teams to hold their opponents under 100 rushing yards per game.
This unit led by defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen, will have some challenges with big names, such as Trey Hendrickson and Marcus Williams, possibly departing, but this unit may still prove to be a top-ten defense in the NFL.
Both Williams and Hendrickson could re-sign, but given the Saints cap situation, it’s unlikely they have the room to retain the star defensive end. The team will be forced to ask Marcus Davenport to step up in a big way if that’s the case.