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New Orleans Saints 2017 NFL Draft retrospective

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By Nathan Beighle | Fansided

How should New Orleans Saints feel about their 2017 NFL Draft class after three years? We take a deep dive into it.

The 2016 New Orleans Saints season finished with one of their only losing records of the decade. They went 7-9 in that season and finished third in the NFC South and were left out of the 2016-17 NFL playoffs.

Drew Brees ended up being their only Pro-Bowler. Therefore, the New Orleans Saints had a lot of work to do to gear up for the next season. That year, they also ended up losing G Jahri Evans, CB B.W. Webb, and RB Tim Hightower in the offseason.

They started out the rebuilding process by signing G Larry Warford from Detroit, LB...

Mike Detillier: Linebacker is a need for the Saints

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

As we get closer to the NFL free agency period, one position the New Orleans Saints will have to take a long look at and also via the NFL draft is at linebacker.

Another top wide receiver, a replacement for offensive guard Andrus Peat (if he leaves in the free agency period) and depth at cornerback is needed, but so is talent and depth at linebacker.

DeMario Davis is an All-Pro caliber player and the best defensive free-agent pickup in the Sean Payton era in New Orleans, but everything after that is in question for 2020 for the Saints.

Strongside linebacker A.J. Klein is an unrestricted free agent for 2020. Middle linebacker Kiko Alonso underwent another knee surgery following the season and Alex Anzalone only played in two games in 2019 before he also underwent surgery. He has been plagued with shoulder problems throughout his college and pro career.

Craig Robertson is a solid back-up player and a very good special teams performer.

Stephone Anthony and Manti Te’o are veteran journeymen players in the league.

2019 7th round pick Kaden Elliss was impressive in training camp and in the preseason, but he is still a work in progress.

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3 Wide Receivers the Saints Should Target in the NFL Draft

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By Max Staley | The Duel

With Michael Thomas on the team, it feels weird to consider wide receiver a position of need for the New Orleans Saints. But the fact is, other than Thomas, no Saints' wideout had more than 450 receiving yards in 2019, with Ted Ginn Jr. being the second-leading WR at 421 yards.

Adding a legitimate threat opposite of Thomas could help push this Saints' offense to the next level, but with the sixth-least amount of projected cap space available, New Orleans will likely need to address the position in the NFL Draft. With that in mind, here are three wideouts the Saints should target in the draft.

1. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama Crimson Tide

Henry Ruggs III is a bonafide speed demon, and he'd be an excellent fit alongside Thomas. While Thomas specializes on intermediate routes, Ruggs could be a fantastic deep threat in New Orleans, as he averaged 18.6 yards per reception this season (T-No. 25 in the NCAA). That ability to stretch the field could open up a lot of options for the Saints, making the offense more dynamic than it already is.

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NFC South rookie grades: Buccaneers, Saints ace their top picks

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By Nick Shook | Around The NFL Writer

With Super Bowl LIV in the books, the offseason is upon us. To get ready for the NFL Scouting Combine, free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft, Nick Shook and Gennaro Filice are taking a division-by-division look backward to evaluate each team's crop of 2019 rookies, weighing hits and misses -- then looking forward at areas for each squad to focus on in the coming months. Shook examines the NFC South below.

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Round 1: (No. 5 overall) Devin White, LB, 13 games/13 starts.
Round 2: (39) Sean Murphy-Bunting, CB, 16 games/10 starts.
Round 3: (94) Jamel Dean, CB, 13 games/5 starts; (99) Mike Edwards, S, 15 games/7 starts.
Round 4: (107) Anthony Nelson...

How many draft picks, how much cap space do Saints have for 2020?

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

It won’t surprise anyone that the New Orleans Saints are strapped for cash and draft picks in 2020. The team’s strategy of maximizing their resources has created a cycle of spending future assets to win now, and it’s resulted in the best three-year stretch in Saints history.

So expect that to continue this offseason. The Saints will not hesitate to trade next year’s draft picks to move up and target a prospect they really believe in, and they’re also willing to get creative in contract structures to fit everyone in beneath the salary cap. The situations in each area are going to change whenever the new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement is ratified and once this year’s compensatory draft picks are awarded, so don’t look at these numbers as more than well-educated guesses. But where do the Saints stand right now?

We’ll start with the salary cap. The analysts at Over The Cap are working with an estimated 2020 salary cap of $200 million, which has the Saints with just under $9.4 million in cap space. ...

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NFL announces full list of prospects invited to 2020 Scouting Combine

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NewOrleansSaints.com

The National Football League released the list of players invited to the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine on Friday. The National Champion LSU Tigers led all schools with 16 players invited:

Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
K'Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU
Saahdiq Charles, OL, LSU
Lloyd Cushenberry, OL, LSU
Grant Delpit, DB, LSU
Michael Divinity, LB, LSU
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU
Kristian Fulton, DB, LSU
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Rashard Lawrence II, DL, LSU
Damien Lewis, OL, LSU
Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU
Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU

A total of 337 prospects are invited to attend the annual event, which will take place in Indianapolis from Feb. 24 through March 1. The New Orleans Saints hold the 24th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in April. ...

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A Look Around the NFC South on SB Nation

  • News source: JR Ella
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A weekly look at the top stories being discussed on the other three NFC South blogs on SB Nation.
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New Orleans Saints offseason preview: Interior offensive line

  • News source: BobRose
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Shortly into the 2019 offseason, New Orleans Saints center Max Unger announced his retirement. The franchise moved decisively to replace him, inking both a free agent lineman then trading up in the draft to grab a top-flight center. Both moves paid off, as the Saints continued to have one of the league's best offensive lines in both talent and depth. The Minnesota Vikings battered the inside of the New Orleans line during a first round playoff loss though, raising...
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Sean Payton explans why Mardi Gras is so unique -- and he couldn't be more right

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Sean Payton has lived in New Orleans going on 15 years now. That doesn't make him a native, but he sure does have a good understanding of what makes the city unlike others.

In a recent WWL Radio appearance, former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert asked Payton to describe the Mardi Gras (or Carnival) season in his own words.

And Payton nailed it.

"I think that (Mardi Gras) is the one thing in this city that unites this town more than anything else," he said. "And it...
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Sorry, NFL, Drew Brees is officially off the market

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Drew Brees is returning for the New Orleans Saints 2020 season. Prior to this announcement, Drew was set to hit the market as a free agent with a bunch of other high-profile quarterbacks:

When NFL fans (not just Saints fans) were polled via SB Nation’s FanPulse on which quarterback they would want on their team next year, Drew Brees had the highest vote of any other potential option - including five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

Of note, after Brees and a...
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Saints mock offseason: A bit crazier

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’ve already done one where I tried to stay fairly reasonable, but let’s do another full mock offseason, and this time, let’s shake things up a bit...

We’ll start with a consistent piece in any mock offseason for the Saints first: releasing CB Patrick Robinson to free up $3.6 million. The Saints also restructure Drew’s deal, tacking on two void years to 2020, freeing up $5 million in cap space in 2020. Similar to the conservative mock, the Saints also release but...
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Touchdown Club of New Orleans to honor Steve Gleason, John Robinson, Dale Weiner, Jennifer Hale at annual banquet

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NEW ORLEANS – Steve Gleason, former New Orleans Saint and Congressional Gold Medal recipient, along with former USC Head Coach John Robinson, former Prep Coach Dale Weiner and Jennifer Hale, Fox Sports Reporter, will be honored for their contributions to football by The Touchdown Club of New Orleans.

This year the club will also recognize the late Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jim Taylor, a player on the first New Orleans Saints team.

The banquet will be held on...
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Saints QB Drew Brees, possible contract options and cap implications

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So Saints own Drew Brees has decided to make at least one more run. Let’s take a look at the implications for the organization.

First, Drew is technically a free agent. One who still carries $15,900,000 against the 2020 cap. But there is more. Drew also carries an additional $5,400,000 in restructure money for 2021. That means the total cap hit for 2020 would be $21,300,000, ie dead cap, if the team doesn’t sign him to a new contract. There is a little incentive for...
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Answering the top offseason fantasy questions for all 32 NFL teams

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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It's never too early to start plotting your next fantasy football championship. NFL Nation answers the biggest fantasy questions -- provided by ESPN fantasy football analyst Mike Clay -- across the league.

Scan through all 32 teams by division, or click here to jump ahead to your team:

Jump to: ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MIN NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF SEA | TB | TEN |...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 21: Sean Payton speaks on 17-game season, Alvin Kamara’s 2019 season, and Teddy Bridgewater’s potential homes

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A look at Alvin Kamara’s 2019 season.

Various NFL reporters speak on how Teddy Bridgewater could work for the Indianapolis Colts.

Sean Payton speaks on the proposed 17-game season.

An update on the ongoing scandal involving the Catholic Church.

A new policy currently being addressed by the NFLPA would have a major impact on marijuana tests on players, including eliminating suspensions for positive tests.

Defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been released by the...
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28th Annual Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic set for May 18 at Bayou Oaks

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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GOLF CLASSIC FLYER

The 28th Annual Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic is set for Monday, May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Bayou Oaks course at City Park.

Coach Sean Payton, Executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis, many current New Orleans Saints players and a host of prominent former New Orleans Saints players will participate.

The event is a taste of New Orleans, with 22 restaurants and caterers providing an outstanding variety of food with a...
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Key salary cap questions for the Saints this offseason: Who's in line for a pay day?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Every year, the New Orleans Saints seem to be right up against the salary cap, and every year general manager Mickey Loomis massages the numbers to put his organization in position to pursue and retain excellent players.

Those skills are going to be put to use these next few months. The Saints have a franchise quarterback in need of a new contract and some young stars who are going to be paid accordingly soon. With that in mind, the Times-Picayune | New Orleans...
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No ruling on Saints-church emails after hearing

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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NEW ORLEANS -- No decision was made immediately Thursday after a civil court hearing to determine whether emails between officials from the New Orleans Saints and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans will be made public.

Attorneys for the Saints, the archdiocese, The Associated Press and plaintiffs suing the church over sexual abuse allegations made arguments before retired Judge Carolyn Gill-Jefferson, who was appointed as a "special master" in the case...
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NFL owners approve new CBA; now NFLPA's turn to vote

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The NFL's proposed collective bargaining agreement is one step closer to becoming reality, as the owners voted on Thursday to accept the negotiated terms.

Owners were not unanimous in voting to approve the proposed CBA, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. It is not known how New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson voted.

According to reporters on the scene, the meeting with all 32 clubs lasted roughly two hours and owners declined to comment as they left the venue in New...
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The idea of Taysom Hill as Saints QB is good but the unknowns are plentiful

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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It makes a lot of sense for Sean Payton to be intrigued about the possibilities of Taysom Hill as his starting quarterback.

The Saints may soon tender Hill with a first rounder, meaning any team that signs him to a contract as a restricted free agent will have to forfeit a first round pick if New Orleans does not match the offer.

It is understandable why the Saints value Hill, a versatile athlete who has made plays everywhere – on special teams, as a wide receiver...
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