So, if I had a say in the Saints defense, it would look something like this
IDL: David Onyemata, Shy Tuttle, Malcom Roach, Mustafa Johnson, Forrest Merrill
EDGE: Cameron Jordan, Marcus Davenport, Carl Granderson, Jordan Smith
LB: Demario Davis, Zack Baun, Kevin Pierre-Louis
CB: Eric Stokes, Tay Gowan, CJ Gardner-Johnson, Zech McPhearson, Akhello Witherspoon, Darqueze Dennard
S: Malik Hooker, Malcolm Jenkins, Tariq Thompson, Brady Breeze, Tavon Wilson
This is definitely a step down from last year, but remember that the Saints are a) needing to spend resources on offense and b) are going to have to spend their offseason ridding the roster of players, rather than adding.
Rather, look at it this way: this version of the Saints is now much younger in the secondary, remain deep, and have a lot more resources in terms of draft capital/finances. This may not seem impressive now, but will the same be true if Stokes and Gowan are developed properly into starting cornerbacks on rookie contracts.
What about a mid-round pick like Smith or Thompson making good on their college production. This is a team that needs to have opportunities open for young players, since they won’t likely be a playoff team next year, and if they do that, they can rebuild this roster much quicker.