Most of the Saints analysts and fans thought that the team was going to go with a cornerback in the first round. With the draft class being so deep at the position, it was almost certain that the team would go with one of Asante Samuel, Caleb Farley, Greg Newsome, or Tyson Campbell.
As expected, that is not the way the team decided to go. In fact, they decided to go with a position that looked secure, at least this year, and on top of that, the team decided to draft a player who was likely not to come off the board until the late second round.
That leaves us back where we started with the cornerback position — free agency.
The Saints passed on their most pressing need in the first round, and as a result, the team should reach out to sign one remaining free agent.
The free-agent market has been tricky for the black and gold because they don’t have a lot of money to spend. However, with these three cornerbacks who weren’t signed in the first or second wave of free agency, easier deals might be able to be done.
Even still, the need for a cornerback has heightened post-draft. If the Saints hope to have another Super Bowl aspiration of a season, then they need to lock down one of these three cornerbacks. All of them would help the team for a couple of years at least.