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2016 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Sheldon Rankins DT
2 (47)  Michael Thomas WR
2 (61)  Von Bell FS
4 (120)  David Oneyemata DT
7 (237)  Daniel Lasco RB
2016 Rookie Free Agents Signings:
Jack Allen, OL, Michigan State
Joseph Cheek, OL, Texas A&M
Ken Crawley, DB, Colorado
Jared Dangerfield, WR, WKU
Trae Elston, DB, Ole Miss
De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M
Marcus Henry, C, Boise State
Sione Houma, FB, Michigan
Dillon Lee, LB, Alabama
Tommylee Lewis, WR, N. Ill.
Ryker Matthews, OT, BYU
DJ Pettway, DL, Alabama
Jeff Schoettmer, S, UNC
Dominique Tovell, LB, UL-Laf.
Landon Turner, G, UNC
John Walker, DB, Colorado
Jordan Williams, WR, Ball St.
Avery Young, OL, Auburn
Jake Lampman WR Ferris St.
Jimmy Pruitt CB San Jose St.
2015 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Andrus Peat OT
1 (31)  Stephone Anthony LB
2 (12)  Hau'Oli Kikaha LB
3 (11)  Garrett Grayson QB
4 (14)  P.J. Williams CB
5 (12)  Davis Tull LB
5 (18) Tyeler Davison DT
5 (31) Damian Swann CB
7 (13) Marcus Murphy RB
2015 Rookie Free Agents Signings: DL - Tavaris Barnes, Kaleb Eulls, Ashaad Mabry, Bobby Richardson, G - Doniel Gambrell, Cyril Lemon, WR - R.J. Harris, Malcolme Kennedy, OT- Sean Hickey, LB Marcus Pierce-Brewster, Stephon Sanders, TE - Harold Spears, Jack Tabb, LB Henry Coley, OL Antonio Johnson, K Zach Hocker and WR Kyle Prater.
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2014 Saints Draft
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1 (20)  Brandin Cooks WR
2 (58)  Stan Jean-Baptiste CB
4 (126)  Kahri Fortt ILB
5 (167)  Vinnie Sunseri SS
5 (169)  Ronald Powell DE
6 (202)  Tavon Rooks OT

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2013 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (15)  Kenny Vaccaro S
3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
3 (82)  John Jenkins DT
5 (144)  Kenny Stills WR
6 (183)  Rufus Johnson DE
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Offseason primer: Evaluating some of the things the Saints might look to do this offseason Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:11 AM


By Nick Underhill

The Saints have stated several times that this year’s 7-9 is not the same as last year’s 7-9.

Or even the 7-9 that came before that.

They have reasons for optimism. They have young and talented players on the roster. Their offense, save for a few games, met the high level of expectations forged over the past decade. And their defense, even though the stats might not show it, did very well considering all the hurdles created by injuries in the secondary.

But the Saints have work to do. They need to find a pass rusher and some cornerbacks, and they need to figure out what they're going to do at guard. A middle linebacker wouldn't hurt, and depending on how free agency goes, they could have a need at defensive tackle.

Before signing their own players, the Saints should have about $30 million in cap space once the final figure comes in, and they also hold the 11th pick in the draft. The assets are there to plug the holes. The key will be finding the right fits.

With the draft circuit about to kick into high gear next week with the start of the Senior Bowl, here’s a look at how things stand for New Orleans:

Full Story - The Advocate
What we -- and the Saints -- can learn from the NFL's Final Four Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:08 AM


By Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

When an NFL team reaches the conference championship game, it has established its bona fides. Rarely do teams get this far by accident.

Championship game participants usually come in two forms. Powerhouses that earned the right to host divisional-round games with dominant regular seasons. Or late-season streakers, teams that found themselves over the course of the long season and are playing their best football at the right time.

Both are present this season. The Patriots and Falcons were titans from the outset, securing their respective conference's No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. The Steelers and Packers are the league's two hottest teams. Neither has lost since mid-November. Pittsburgh has won nine consecutive games; Green Bay eight in a row.

The teams share several common denominators: dynamic offenses; elite quarterback play; opportunistic defenses; and good health.

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Saints Free Agency Profile: Wide Receivers Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:05 AM


By Bob Rose

The New Orleans Saints are one of 32 NFL teams that will not be playing a football game this weekend. Coaches and front office braintrusts of every team are constantly looking for ways to improve their teams in hopes of getting to the enviable spot of playing for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. The Steelers, Patriots, Packers, and Falcons are this Sunday. One of the ways to improve a team of course is through free agency, which begins at the official start of NFL’s new year on March 9th.

Who Dat Dish began our free agency preview of the New Orleans Saints with a look at the running back position on whodatdish.com. Today, we’ll look over the Saints wide receiving corps; what they currently have on the roster, in-house priorities, free agent possibilities, and free agents to avoid.

Wide receivers on roster:

New Orleans currently has rookie sensation Michael Thomas, Brandin Cooks, TommyLee Lewis and Jordan Williams-Lambert under contract, plus the signing of Rashad Lawrence under a “futures” contract from the Jaguars. Amazingly, not a single wideout on the roster this past season was over the age of 24.

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Five positions for Saints fans to watch during Senior Bowl week Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:03 AM


By Joel A. Erickson

From the public's point of view, the first step in the NFL draft cycle begins this week in Mobile, Alabama, as the league descends on Ladd-Peebles Stadium for the Senior Bowl.

The New Orleans Saints will be there, watching a group of players who might end up being targets for the team, even though a lot of projected first-rounders do not participate, either because they're underclassmen or because they want to avoid damaging their stock.

But there's still plenty of talent on its way to Mobile. New Orleans grabbed only one Senior Bowl player with its five picks last season, but the pick was a big one: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins dominated the first two days of practice before bowing out with an injury, and the Saints took him with the No. 12 pick.

Two years ago, New Orleans drafted Senior Bowl participants Stephone Anthony (linebacker), Hau'oli Kikaha (linebacker) and Garrett Grayson (quarterback). With that in mind, here's a look at five positions to watch as players try to make their mark and establish themselves as the best in their class — the way Rankins did last season:...

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What mock drafts are saying about the Saints' pick at No. 11 Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:02 AM


By Joel A. Erickson


With the release of Mel Kiper's first mock, the NFL Draft prediction schedule is well underway, and it'll get even hotter when the Senior Bowl kicks into high gear in Mobile, Ala., next week.

So far, there's no consensus about who the New Orleans Saints will draft with the No. 11 pick, other than the side of the ball, and it should come as no surprise.

Experts expect the Saints, who finished 27th in the NFL in defense, to go back to that side of the ball.
  • ESPN's Mel Kiper
    Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
  • The MMQB's Emily Kaplan
    Takkarist McKinley, DE/LB, UCLA
  • NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah
    Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU...
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Saints plan to interview ex-49ers coach Jim Tomsula for defensive line opening: source Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:58 PM


By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Outside of coordinators, assistant head coach hires in the NFL rarely qualify as splash moves, but one man the New Orleans Saints plan to interview would qualify

The Saints intend to interview Jim Tomsula, the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2015, for the defensive line coach opening with the Saints, according to a source.

Sporting News reported Friday the Saints interviewed Tomsula earlier this week, but the source said the interview hasn't yet happened.

Prior to his promotion, Tomsula coached the 49ers' defensive line from 2007-14, a unit that was among the best in the NFL at times during that stretch. Tomsula, 48, did not coach in 2016.

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Saints position evaluation: Trio of wide receivers among NFL's best Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:56 PM


By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Every secondary that played against the New Orleans Saints in 2016 faced the nearly impossible challenge of limiting what was arguably the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL.

FINAL ROSTER: Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman, Tommylee Lewis, Jake Lampman, Corey Fuller

INJURED RESERVE: None

2017 FREE AGENTS: Willie Snead (exclusive rights), Brandon Coleman (exclusive rights)

POSITION REVIEW

Cooks, Thomas and Snead combined for 3,205 receiving yards in 2016. Four NFL teams -- San Francisco, Los Angeles, Buffalo and Houston -- finished the season with fewer passing yards that that Saints trio of receivers.

Outside of quarterback, wide receiver was probably the best position group for New Orleans last year as the unit features three players who complement each other well as well as some role players.

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New Orleans Saints to play Miami Dolphins in London on Oct. 1 Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:53 PM


By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The NFL announced the dates Friday for the four London games in 2017, including the New Orleans Saints' matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

The Saints and Dolphins will play at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 1, which would be the Week 4 games for the two teams.

The league previously announced that the Saints would play either Week 3 or 4, but the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars drew the Week 3 slot on Sept. 24.

For the game in London, the Saints are the visiting team while the Dolphins lose one of their eight home games.

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Statistically Speaking: Wil Lutz lifts kicking game, but Saints return game must be better Posted By: crosswatt Posted On 01-19-2017 03:44 PM



By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate



A New Orleans Saints team known for cycling through its kickers found a rookie right before the season started in 2016 and stuck with him despite a string of blocked kicks, recognizing that protection problems played a key role.

The decision appears to have paid off. Wil Lutz may not have turned in the nearly-perfect season of his mentor, Justin Tucker, but the rookie from Georgia State arguably turned in the best kicking season the Saints have had in five years.

Lutz's percentage, 82.4, didn't rank in the top half of the league, but it was better than two of the previous four seasons, and the rookie made 28 field goals, at least nine more than Garrett Hartley or Shayne Graham made in seasons when they had better percentages.

Full Story | theadvocate.com
Saints get Alabama LB Reuben Foster in Mel Kiper's first mock Posted By: crosswatt Posted On 01-19-2017 03:40 PM



Mike Triplett: ESPN Staff Writer


We are officially in the heart of mock-draft season on the NFL calendar.

Of course, it’s way too early if you demand accuracy. But why let that spoil the fun? There is no shortage of intrigue surrounding the New Orleans Saints' pick at No. 11 -- their highest draft slot in eight years.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. paired the Saints with Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster on Thursday in his first 2017 mock draft.

Full Story - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN
Saints position evaluation: Drew Brees offers top-tier quarterback play as usual Posted By: crosswatt Posted On 01-19-2017 03:38 PM



By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

As has been the case most seasons since 2006, the New Orleans Saints had among the best quarterback play in the NFL in 2016 with Drew Brees under center again.

FINAL ROSTER: Drew Brees, Luke McCown

INJURED RESERVE: None

2017 FREE AGENTS: None

POSITION REVIEW

To nobody's surprise, Brees played like one of the top signal callers in the NFL in 2016.

Playing every offensive snap of the season, Brees led the NFL with 5,208 passing yards, ranked second with 70 percent completions, was third with 37 touchdowns and finished fifth with a 101.7 passer rating.

Full Story | NOLA.com
Saints position evaluation: Mark Ingram's career year highlights running back group Posted By: crosswatt Posted On 01-19-2017 03:34 PM


By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Even though the New Orleans Saints passed more than any other team in the NFL in 2016, the running backs were effective when they had the ball.

FINAL ROSTER: Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower, John Kuhn, Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco, Marcus Murphy

INJURED RESERVE: None

2017 FREE AGENTS: Tim Hightower, John Kuhn, Travaris Cadet

POSITION REVIEW

As a team, the Saints averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry, but one back was the biggest reason for the run game improving significantly in 2016 compared to 2015.

Ingram, 27, became the first New Orleans running back to rush for 1,000 yards since 2006, and his march to the milestone was impressive.

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New Orleans Saints: Inadequate Synergy Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-16-2017 04:09 PM


By Dean Mullen/FanSided via Who Dat Dish


Watching the 2017 playoffs reminds all of Who Dat Nation what’s missing. It’s the simple lack of any evidence of synergy.

So what is synergy?

Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts- Ray French, Charlotte, Rayner, Gary Rees, Sally Rumbles- Organizational Behavior (2008)

In other words, there is no “I” in team. There is something to say about the teams left in the playoffs as of Sunday night. Each one has its own specialty and character. There are teams that been there before, and some newer teams that have one similar character. That is synergy.

To demonstrate an example, this example may help to make it clearer. Synergy in sports teams is:

“Synergy is the sum of the team being more than the total sum of its individual parts and the unique situation where the best individual performance on the team, does not outperform the team’s performance”

So how does this relate to the NFL and the New Orleans Saints? It’s quite simple. Bo Hanson provides insight in a little more depth in that article that was linked above. For the Saints though, in order to reach their maximize potential, the team must play as one. Not one quarterback and one receiver or a kicker and a long snapper.

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Chiefs might have borrowed a play from the Saints to set up a touchdown against the Steelers Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-16-2017 04:06 PM


By Nick Underhill


The New Orleans Saints have assembled a devastating cast of weapons for Drew Brees, arguably the best collection of weapons he's ever had.

At running back, Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower combined for 1,591 yards – 1,043 for Ingram, Hightower for 548 – the most for any Saints duo since Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush ran for 1,622 in 2006, Sean Payton's first year.

Three wide receivers – Michael Thomas, Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead – all caught more than 70 passes for the first time in franchise history, and they flirted with becoming only the fifth group in NFL history to have three receivers with more than 1,000 yards.

With all of those weapons, and an impressive performance from an offensive line that was much-maligned entering the season, the Saints' offensive numbers were almost all higher than they have been in the past four years.

Normally, that puts a team in the playoffs, but New Orleans took a slight step back in one key statistic: turnovers, specifically interceptions. As good as Drew Brees was, his interceptions came in bunches: three apiece in key games against Detroit and Tampa Bay, two early against Denver.

Full Story - The Advocate
Statistically Speaking: Nearly all of Saints' offensive numbers better, with one key exception Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-16-2017 04:03 PM


By Joel A. Erickson

The New Orleans Saints have assembled a devastating cast of weapons for Drew Brees, arguably the best collection of weapons he's ever had.

At running back, Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower combined for 1,591 yards – 1,043 for Ingram, Hightower for 548 – the most for any Saints duo since Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush ran for 1,622 in 2006, Sean Payton's first year.

Three wide receivers – Michael Thomas, Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead – all caught more than 70 passes for the first time in franchise history, and they flirted with becoming only the fifth group in NFL history to have three receivers with more than 1,000 yards.

With all of those weapons, and an impressive performance from an offensive line that was much-maligned entering the season, the Saints' offensive numbers were almost all higher than they have been in the past four years.

Normally, that puts a team in the playoffs, but New Orleans took a slight step back in one key statistic: turnovers, specifically interceptions. As good as Drew Brees was, his interceptions came in bunches: three apiece in key games against Detroit and Tampa Bay, two early against Denver.

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints position evaluation: Three-safety package a defensive foundation in 2016 Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-16-2017 04:02 PM


By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


Depth and versatility allowed the New Orleans Saints to utilize a three-safety personnel grouping on defense throughout the 2016 regular season.

2016 FINAL ROSTER: Jairus Byrd, Vonn Bell, Roman Harper, Shiloh Keo, Chris Banjo, Robenson Therezie
SUSPENSION LIST: Kenny Vaccaro
INJURED RESERVE: Erik Harris (knee)
2017 FREE AGENTS: Roman Harper, Shiloh Keo, Chris Banjo

POSITION REVIEW

Citing a desire to have the best players on the field, the Saints coaching staff found a solution to the early-season shuffling at the linebacker position and an injury-riddled cornerback corps by rolling with a three-safety package outside of the 4-3 base defense.

Kenny Vaccaro, Jairus Byrd, rookie Vonn Bell and Roman Harper provided versatility for the Saints to start 12 games with three safeties on the field in lieu of the strong side linebacker or a third cornerback.

The emergence of Bell, in particular, justified the Saints' comfort level in the safety package.

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Early Saints 2017 NFL draft -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 12-26-2016


Early Saints 2017 NFL draft

By Mike Detillier

I know it is very early, but I have been asked about it dozens of times over the past few weeks, so I will give you an early opinion on who I think the Saints may select in the 2017 NFL draft.

Like going through our yearly Sean Payton is going somewhere else next year, I have to go through an early mock draft and with the Saints picking anywhere from 8-15 in Round One I give it my yearly shot.

After going hard after Josh Norman once he was released by the Carolina Panthers, and the Saints trying to deal for Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden at the trade deadline, I feel the Saints will go hard after a veteran cornerback in free agency and that leads to the team going after a pass rusher in Round One.

The perfect fit for the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker in Round One is Alabama outside linebacker Tim Williams.

The 6-4, 250 pounder, who prepped at University Lab in Baton Rouge, selected Alabama over his hometown school of LSU during the recruiting process.

As a junior Williams racked up 10½ quarterback sacks and 12½ tackles for losses.

In 2016 Williams was a second team All-American by the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated and he was in on 27 tackles, a team-best 8½ quarterback sacks, 15½ tackles for losses and 12 quarterback hurries.

Williams would give the Saints the edge pass rush skills they have long sought after to compliment Cam Jordan and he would be a perfect fit for the team.

His closing speed to the football and his ability to run the field are at the highest level. He has bettered his overall strength and become a pretty good pass cover linebacker when asked as well.

Williams does have an off-the-field incident in which he was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit, but if that incident is clear with a team, his pass rush skills can’t be denied and he has the skills to be a dominant edge rusher at the next level.

One NFL scout told me at the LSU-Alabama contest that Williams is the second best pure pass rusher in the draft class of 2017 only behind Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett.

In Round 2 the Saints must look to rebuild their offensive line with both Jahri Evans and Zach Strief both 33 years old.

In the 2nd round I have the Saints selecting University of Pittsburgh offensive guard Doran Johnson. The 6-4½, 312 pounder was one of the most highly recruited offensive linemen in the country coming out of high school, but he decided to stay in-state and play for the Panthers. He started three games as a true freshman and then became a 3-year starter at left guard for Pittsburgh.

In 2016 Johnson became the first Pittsburgh offensive lineman to be selected to a first-team All-American squad in 22 years. He did not surrender a single quarterback sack in 2016 and when the Panthers needed tough rushing yards they ran right behind Johnson. Some NFL draft boards will have Johnson as the best “pure” offensive guard available for the 2017 NFL draft.

Johnson’s strength is his ability to move his man at the point of attack on running plays and he is also a very good pass protector showing good adjustment skills.

In Round 3, I have the Saints going right back to aiding their offensive line and selecting Temple offensive tackle Dion Dawkins.

The 6-4¾, 325 pounder has started for Temple...
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Hope Ellerbe is Healthy -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 10-02-2016


Hope Ellerbe is Healthy

By Mike Detillier


Right now the New Orleans Saints are in desperate need of play-makers on defense. Arguably two of their best defensive players in cornerback Delvin Breaux and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins will not be back “active” for the team until mid-season or maybe even a little after that point due to injuries.

One good player for the Saints is outside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. There is no questioning his talents, but right now the speedy outside linebacker just can’t stay healthy and he has not played a snap in the 2016 regular season.

That looks to be different today since the word is that Ellerbe looks like a “go” for the Saints and he is a difference-maker on defense.

Last season Ellerbe played in 6 games and started 4 and he was in on 39 tackles, he had 1 forced fumble and 1 pass deflection, but during training camp Ellerbe got nicked up again and he has seen no action for a defense that really needs his football field presence.

Since the start of the 2014 season Ellerbe has played in just 7 games in 35 possible games in the NFL. The Saints acquired Ellerbe and a third round pick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Saints coaches have praised the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, but his absence due to injuries has created a huge hole at outside linebacker for the Saints.

A healthy Ellerbe will not cure all the defensive ills for the Saints, but he is a productive player, super instinctive to the football and the best cover linebacker the team has. If he does play watch what type impact Dannell Ellerbe makes for the Saints defense. Just hope and pray he can stay healthy.


Disturbing Saints stat

Last season the New Orleans Saints defense gave up a league-high 29.8 points per game. In the 3 games played in 2016 the Saints defense has given up an average of 32 points per game.

That is just not acceptable at any level of football and the Saints organization has spent a lot of money in free agency and used a number of high picks via the draft to cure this major ill, but there are still gaping holes on defense due to a lack of talent and serious injuries.

Injuries are not an excuse in the NFL. All teams have them, but that is what you do in the off-season. As an organization you try and project where a host of injuries could chip away at your football team. It’s not a question of if you will have injuries, but when you will have them.

That is where the dead-money issue has hit the Saints.

The Saints were players in free agency last spring and landed linebackers Nate Stupar, Craig Robertson and James Laurinitas, along with defensive tackle Nick Fairley and tight end Coby Fleener. But with $40 million dollars worth of dead money on the books owed to players no longer on the team, the Saints could not bulk up on defensive players or along the offensive line.

There has to be some sense of accountability on the movers and shakers in the Saints organization on why after three years of trying to build a defense you are still in need of a number of quality players on defense.


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