At first glance, cornerback might not feel like a major weakness for the Saints. That's what happens when a player such as Marshon Lattimore breaks out and earns a reputation as a star.
Taken at No. 11 overall in 2017 out of Ohio State (their favorite school), Lattimore quickly developed into a No. 1 cornerback. As a rookie, he had 52 tackles, 18 pass defenses, and five picks. That campaign left him with the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
He continued to serve as a lockdown cornerback in a division that had some elite pass-catchers and was rewarded handsomely for his work. Ahead of the 2021 season, Lattimore and the Saints agreed to a five-year extension worth $97.6 million.
Lattimore played well in 2021 but then suffered a lacerated kidney in Week 5 of the 2022 season which kept him put until the final two games of the year. While he was out, it was clear how much this team needs depth around him in order to slow down opposing passing attacks. Both Paulson Adebo and Bradley Roby struggled with Lattimore out as opposing teams had their way with them.
Now heading into 2023, they have the same trio as their top corners and as good as Lattimore can be, the rest of the depth chart could be an issue.