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QB: Drew Brees, Taysom Hill
RB: Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray
FB: Mike Burton
WR: Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris,
TE: Jared Cook, Josh Hill, Garrett Griffin?
LT: Terron Armstead
LG: Andrus Peat, Nick Eason
C: Eric McCoy, Will Clapp
RG: Larry Warford
RT: Ryan Ramczyk

DE: Cameron Jordan, Mario Edwards Jr
DT: Sheldon Rankins, David Onyemata
DT: Malcom Brown, Shy Tuttle
DE: Marcus Davenport, Trey Hendrickson, Carl Granderson
SAM: Kiko Alonso, Kaden Elliss
MIKE: Alex Anzalone
WILL: Demario Davis, Craig Robertson
CB: Marshon Lattimore, Justin Hardee
FS: Marcus Williams, DJ Swearinger, Saquan Hampton
SS: Malcolm Jenkins, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
CB: Janoris Jenkins, Deatrick Nichols
NB: Patrick Robinson


I may have left off some fringe players, but just mainly going off the players more likely to make the team.

What we still need to add and how I would like to add the player:

QB- we need a 3rd QB. Either we draft one or we sign a veteran backup. We have to carry 3 QBs if we plan on playing Taysom the same way like I hope we do. I wouldn’t be shocked if coach drafts one with either of our first couple picks, but I kind of hope he doesn’t.

RB- We need a 3rd back. Not sure who Ricky Ortiz or Tiquan Mizzell are or if either makes the team. Hopefully we either bring back Dewayne Washington or get us a good UDFA. I think Washington is a good 3rd back and would like to see him back. You never know with Payton as he likes to draft backs at times. So maybe we take one in the draft. Will Kamara hold out as well?

WR- I don’t think we really need a receiver with what we have. Emmanuel Sanders makes this offense even better and can’t wait to see him next year. I thought for sure if he was traded last year we were gonna get him. Glad we didn’t cause we got him without having to trade a draft pick. I think Harris will see the field on offense a whole lot more and take the Ted Ginn role as our deep threat. We also have Taysom if coach plans on using him the same way next year. But I would like to draft one in the 3rd or 4th to challenge Tre’Quan. Unless Emmanuel Butler is ready to step into the 53 this year. I had high hopes for him, but that never materialized last year. We shall see.

TE- a 3rd tight end would be a nice addition. Did we keep Alize Mack on the practice squad all year? I would like to see him back if possible since he has some talent. Either a late draft pick or UDFA would be nice to come in and compete. Think next year would be the year to possibly draft one high with Cook being up in age a tad.

OL- we could use a backup tackle for sure. I would rather bring in a free agent than draft one. I think we are good on the inside with Eason and Clapp. We good at center as well with both of those guys able to play that spot.

DL- I think we are more than good on the defensive line. The only problem is health when it comes to what we have. I think we are good a DE. T-Rex is a good 3rd DE when healthy. I like what I saw from Granderson last year. I think we have one the better defensive tackle rotations. Hell when healthy we have one of the better defensive lines in all of football IMO. If anything we can bring in some UDFAs for camp and maybe we find some more diamonds in the rough.

LB- we have to address the position in the draft for sure IMO. Demario Davis is an All Pro, but after him we don’t have much. I like both Kiko and Anzalone, but we can’t count on them with their health situations. I’ve always been a fan of Craig, but he’s getting up in age and mainly seen as a special teams captain. Hopefully Kaden Elliss is ready to contribute and we don’t have to sign the likes of Manti Teo or Stephone Anthony again this year. I’m hoping we take one at 24, but after Simmons, Murray, & Queen I don’t see one worth taking there. Hopefully either Murray or Queen fall to 24 or we can trade up or back for Zach Baun or Troy Dye falls to us in the 3rd. I hope we can get one of those 4 in this draft unless we think Chaisson can play some SAM & be a pass rush specialist, but that’s a lot to ask. We could double dip at this position like we did last year at safety in the draft. I would be absolutely fine with taking 2 LBs in the draft.

CB- we need to address this position as well. We need some youth and coach loves to draft corners. So I would be shocked if we didn’t draft one at some point. If both Murray & Queen are gone, I think we will likely draft a corner at 24. Malcolm Jenkins and CGJ can both play some slot corner though so it’s not like we don’t have some depth there. CGJ will likely see a ton of time in the slot since both can’t start. I hope we bring back PJ Williams as well to give us a veteran to compete with a rookie for the nickel or dime spot.

S- I wanted to possibly draft one before we brought back Jenkins. I still might if Delpit or McKinney is the BPA at 24 if we see them as the eventual replacement of Marcus Williams. I’m hoping Williams has a good year cause the kid has some serious talent. Dude can make up ground on the backend, but he just can’t tackle to save his life. Getting a leader on the back end like Jenkins should do wonders for our secondary. We haven’t had a veteran leader back there in a while. Roman Harper was on his last legs a couple years back. And Kurt Coleman didn’t offer that veteran presence we likely hoped for when we brought him in. CGJ showed that he will likely eventually be a damn good strong safety unless we see him as slot corner & 3rd safety instead of a starter. But I think he will eventually be the starter there. If Marcus doesn’t improve this year he will likely be out the door. Maybe Saquan Hampton is seen as a future starter if Marcus Williams doesn’t improve? We brought back DJ Swearinger to be a backup as well, so I doubt we draft a safety. I would only take one if they are the BPA.

Top 10 positions of need:

1. LB
2. CB
3. WR
4. QB
5. OT
6. RB
7. TE
8. FS
9. OG
10. DE

Honorable mention: Punter? When will Morestead decline? Just like Drew, he will have to at sometime
 
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The Saints typically draft based on a combination of need and BPA in the 1st round. Right now the value tends to line up pretty well with need at LB. I still think that WR is a need because Sanders is up there in age, not a fan of TQS, we don’t know what we have with Harris, and this is a historically good WR class. I’d be pretty upset if we don’t get at least one WR this year in the draft because the value will definitely be there.

After those two positions...I think the Saints just go BPA the rest ofthe way trying to find guys who drop and versatile players with special teams ability.
 

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Must have: WR, MLB, CB

Want: OT, TE, OLB

Nice to have: QB, WR, RB, DE, OG

Must have positions may have to start.

Want positions are high risk because we lack depth.

Nice to have positions have some depth but need upgrades to the position. Starters getting old.
 

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In order of priority for me...LB, EDGE, CB, QB, WR

Saints need to be able to stop offenses like the Ravens, Chiefs, 49ers and Packers if they are going to win it all. A WR2 isn’t going to do much when the other team is going up and down the field.
 

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For me:

Primary Needs: Linebacker with Mike/Sam versatility, Boundary Corner depth. 3rd QB

need someone capable of being able to play if Anzalone, or Alonso get hurt at both spots and not miss a beat. Another boundary Corner that's in the range of 6' ft, 200 lbs that won't get bullied by the Outside NFC South WRs on the perimeter, if Lattimore or Janoris miss anytime we're screwed outside all we have after them are Slot corners. 3rd QB is pretty self explanatory, just need that emergency QB on the roster could either be a low cost veteran, or a developmental rookie.

Secondary Needs: WR Youth groom prospect, Edge back-up, 3rd Running back

Sanders is 33 and this is too talented of a WR class to not grab a prospect atleast in the 3rd or 4th rounds.. whoever they pick up has a good chance of instantly being an upgrade over LilJ, Butler, TLL and most likely can even beat out Tre'Quan. I would just go with the Sunk cost strategy don't count on those guys to give you anything and if they do.. they surprise you.

Talented Edge only if the value is there someone like Uche, Highsmith, Alton Robinson in the 3rd or 4th.. want insurance because Davenport is coming back from a serious Foot injury and we seem to have terrible luck with DL health.. bonus if they have inside versatility. Granderson hasn't done anything his spot should definitely be up for competition. 3rd RB to replace Washington.. might have to play STs.

Tertiary Wants: Will Linebacker groom for future, 3rd Tight End, OT/OG Swing Tackle

These are just luxuries but not necessary. Future rangy playmaking Will backer to groom to take over for Demario in 2-3 years, A Tight End prospect who can inline block behind Cook, Hill, and more insurance Tackle/Interior.. maybe they can beat out Clapp.
 
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The Guard position still looks to need some depth. The Jets getting Alex Lewis back at 18 mil and Saints having to pay 58 mil for Peat is still confusing. How is Peat that much better than Lewis. I, personally, think Lewis may be better. Could have signed Lewis maybe and then addressed the LB position.
 

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Also noticed you currently have Patrick Robinson as the starting Nickelback, and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson as a back-up Strong Safety on your depth chart.

I think last season clearly showed us CGJ has outright won the starting Nickel spot, and P-Rob will be the back-up Slot; unless there are packages where CGJ comes in as a 3rd Safety, and Malcolm Jenkins plays Dime LB.
 

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When did Edwards start playing DE?

As of Right now Needs : LB, DE,CB,WR,QB

I think we address 2 out of 5 before the draft
 

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Looking at LB there are definite worries there.

In reality we have only 1 dependable healthy LB coming back, Davis.

After that, you're looking at an extremely injury prone Anzalone, two LBs coming off horrific ACLs, with Ellis largely unproven even if he makes a full recovery. Alonzo tore his in January which means he has little chance to be ready at the beginning of the season and his level of play is in doubt for the entirely of the season given it happened that recently.

Robertson offers very little outside of ST, and if he's forced to play a ton we would be at a deficit.

Really surprised we didn't get anyone in FA. It's a head scratcher.

Add to that we lost a great LB coach in the off-season, and the person taking over has absolutely no experience with the job.
 

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The Guard position still looks to need some depth. The Jets getting Alex Lewis back at 18 mil and Saints having to pay 58 mil for Peat is still confusing. How is Peat that much better than Lewis. I, personally, think Lewis may be better. Could have signed Lewis maybe and then addressed the LB position.
I think we have plenty of IOL depth for 2020. What we'll need is a RG to replace Warford (and Easton) for 2021.

On the bright side, for 2020 Warford's cap hit is $13M and Easton's is $5M. For that $18M, we can afford any OL in the league. Either that, or draft a good one in one of the next two drafts and spend that money elsewhere.
 

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For me:

Primary Needs: Linebacker with Mike/Sam versatility, Boundary Corner depth. 3rd QB

need someone capable of being able to play if Anzalone, or Alonso get hurt at both spots and not miss a beat. Another boundary Corner that's in the range of 6' ft, 200 lbs that won't get bullied by the Outside NFC South WRs on the perimeter, if Lattimore or Janoris miss anytime we're screwed outside all we have after them are Slot corners. 3rd QB is pretty self explanatory, just need that emergency QB on the roster could either be a low cost veteran, or a developmental rookie.

Secondary Needs: WR Youth groom prospect, Edge back-up, 3rd Running back

Sanders is 33 and this is too talented of a WR class to not grab a prospect atleast in the 3rd or 4th rounds.. whoever they pick up has a good chance of instantly being an upgrade over LilJ, Butler, TLL and most likely can even beat out Tre'Quan. I would just go with the Sunk cost strategy don't count on those guys to give you anything and if they do.. they surprise you.

Talented Edge only if the value is there someone like Uche, Highsmith, Alton Robinson in the 3rd or 4th.. want insurance because Davenport is coming back from a serious Foot injury and we seem to have terrible luck with DL health.. bonus if they have inside versatility. Granderson hasn't done anything his spot should definitely be up for competition. 3rd RB to replace Washington.. might have to play STs.

Tertiary Wants: Will Linebacker groom for future, 3rd Tight End, OT/OG Swing Tackle

These are just luxuries but not necessary. Future rangy playmaking Will backer to groom to take over for Demario in 2-3 years, A Tight End prospect who can inline block behind Cook, Hill, and more insurance Tackle/Interior.. maybe they can beat out Clapp.
This is right as of now.
1) LB
2) CB
3) WR
4) edge
5) OL
 

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If you ever met Morestead, you'd see that he takes very good care of himself. Not just "good for a punter", good for a LB...
Watch some of his workout vids. Punters can have very very long careers. Morestead might be kicking footballs at 50+.
 

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