Starting Cornerbacks: Marshon Lattimore, Paulson Adebo, C.J. Gardner-Johnson
While the Saints drafted Alontae Taylor in the second round, he won’t crack the starting lineup. Paulson Adebo, who was a rookie this time last year, impressed enough during his first year in the pros that he’s a shoe-in to win a starting job.
Marshon Lattimore and C.J. Gardner-Johnson are also easy locks to start. Gardner-Johnson plays several different positions in the secondary but I went ahead and included him with the cornerbacks.
Starting Safeties: Tyrann Mathieu, Marcus Maye
The Saints might have lost Malcolm Jenkins and Marcus Williams over the offseason but they did as good of a job replacing them as they could have. First, they signed Maye to a three-year deal and then later on, Mathieu joined the black and gold. Mathieu was a huge get because of the experience that he has in the league. He played in two Super Bowls with the Chiefs so there’s no fear of playing in big games.
Losing Williams in free agency was a massive blow but the Saints’ secondary is still in tip-top shape moving forward.
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The starting defensive lineup is pretty easy to piece together but this time next year is when things should get more interesting. The Saints will have three of their four starting d-linemen hitting free agency as well as Gardner-Johnson. They’ve been able to keep their defense strong in recent years though, so perhaps they can simply just reload once again.