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Saints: 3 veteran cornerbacks signings that could save a draft pick

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 01: Richard Sherman #25 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts to a play against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 01: Richard Sherman #25 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts to a play against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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Saints potential free-agent cornerback signing: Brian Poole

Brian Poole has been in the NFL for five years now going on his sixth season. Poole spent the first three years with the Atlanta Falcons and the last two with the New York Jets. Poole has started between 7-10 games per season outside of 2017.

Poole was slated to have the best season of his career in 2020 until he had to have season-ending shoulder surgery in November of last year. Poole finished starting only seven games but had 44 tackles, two interceptions, and seven passes defended.

If he was never placed on the IR, Poole was projected to end the year with 100 tackles, 4.5 interceptions, and 16 passes defended. All of those would have been career-highs for the veteran cornerback from Florida.

Even still, Poole finished with 0.53 yards allowed per coverage snap in 2020 which was the best in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Brian Poole isn’t as haughty a name as Richard Sherman or even Casey Hayward, but he would definitely make an impact if the Saints signed him. Outside of his injury history, Poole is my favorite candidate because he is the youngest and has the highest ceiling left.

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