9. Justin Houston, EDGE
In the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Chiefs got a steal in Georgia’s Justin Houston, who went on to become one of their best players for a stretch. In 2014, Houston tallied a whopping 22 sacks, coming up just shy of Michael Strahan’s all-time single-season sack record. Twenty-two sacks are still impressive though no matter how you swing it.
The Chiefs moved on from Houston due to injuries and his expensive contract and since he moved on to other teams, he’s proven that he can stay healthy. He never missed a start in two years with the Colts and missed just two games for the Ravens last year.
Houston lines up as an outside linebacker and the Saints could use some help at the position. They don’t necessarily need a starter, though, as Demario Davis and Pete Werner have those jobs locked up. If New Orleans wants to be even stronger defensively, however, Houston could make sense for them.
Verdict: Potential fit but not as a starter
8. Eric Fisher, OT
All offseason long, I was pounding the drum for the Saints to add help at the left tackle position. They ended up doing so in the draft, spending one of their two first-round picks on a left tackle.
Trevor Penning joins the team as a rookie out of Northern Iowa and it could take him some time to get his footing in the pros. Before Penning was drafted, I wanted to see NOLA sign former No. 1 overall pick, Eric Fisher, because of the veteran experience he could provide.
The reason why the Saints won’t sign Fisher is that they now have Penning and James Hurst vying for that left tackle spot so the Central Michigan product doesn’t really fit this team anymore. I’d be okay if they still wanted to sign him but it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to be perfectly honest.
Verdict: Not a fit