6 low-key options for New Orleans Saints that are flying under the radar in the draft
By Randy Gurzi
Saints low-key option No. 3: Brodric Martin, DT, Western Kentucky
This offseason was very unkind to the Saints' defensive line. They lost defensive end Marcus Davenport — although they didn't seem to be interested in keeping him around — as well as both starting defensive tackles.
Shy Tuttle left to join the Carolina Panthers and David Onyemata signed a multi-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. It's hard to blame New Orleans for not meeting the contract demands each player had but it won't be easy to replace them.
So far, they added Khalen Saunders and Nathan Shepherd, who could start — but they should look for more depth. One option could be Brodric Martin, a massive defensive tackle who stands 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds. He came on strong this past season for the Hilltoppers, recording 31 tackles 1.5 sacks, and adding 19 quarterback pressures.
Martin is still a work in progress and didn't play against elite talent in Conference USA. However, he has all the tools teams look for in late-round picks — and the Saints have done a solid job developing such defensive linemen.
Adding Martin wouldn't cost them an early pick, and with their questionable depth, he could still be added even if they did decide to use one of their top selections on a defensive tackle.