(Rumor) Saints lean pass rush at 11 (1 Viewer)

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Over the past few seasons, the Saints have been seeking to upgrade their defense so it can get back to championship form. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is still playing at a high level, and New Orleans has a real sense of urgency to make another Super Bowl run before Brees' Hall of Fame career comes to an end. At the Senior Bowl, WalterFootball.com heard from Saints sources that the inclination was to add an edge rusher in the first round with cornerback being another prime need. In following up with Saints' sources at the combine, the team continues to lean towards a pass-rusher with the 11th-overall pick.

The 2017 NFL Draft is very strong at the cornerback position and the Saints feel that they could land a good corner in the second round. There should be some pass-rushers available in Round 2, but the talent dropoff from the first-round pass rushers could be significantly greater than the difference at cornerback. In many years, there can be a run on pass-rushers, and the Saints think that is possible this year as well. Right now, it sounds like the Saints' preference is for Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton over Tennessee's Derek Barnett and Stanford's Solomon Thomas.

The Saints could end up with a second first-round pick if they trade wide receiver Brandin Cooks. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that New Orleans has had trade talks with the Titans and Eagles regarding Cooks. If the Saints land another first-round pick from one of those teams, they could come out of the top 20 with a defensive end and cornerback, or a wide receiver to replace Cooks.

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Trade cooks and 11 for 5 and 18, draft Reuben Foster, Derek Barnett, and Adoree Jackson with our first three picks :hihi:
 

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I hope that's the thinking. Jim Finks use to preach that you win up front on both sides of the line. I think he's still right.
 
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If Saints let Fairley walk in FA, I wouldn't mind getting Charlton & Malik McDowell (DT, Michigan St) assuming Saints got the 18 pick from Titans
 

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Over the past few seasons, the Saints have been seeking to upgrade their defense so it can get back to championship form. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is still playing at a high level, and New Orleans has a real sense of urgency to make another Super Bowl run before Brees' Hall of Fame career comes to an end. At the Senior Bowl, WalterFootball.com heard from Saints sources that the inclination was to add an edge rusher in the first round with cornerback being another prime need. In following up with Saints' sources at the combine, the team continues to lean towards a pass-rusher with the 11th-overall pick.

The 2017 NFL Draft is very strong at the cornerback position and the Saints feel that they could land a good corner in the second round. There should be some pass-rushers available in Round 2, but the talent dropoff from the first-round pass rushers could be significantly greater than the difference at cornerback. In many years, there can be a run on pass-rushers, and the Saints think that is possible this year as well. Right now, it sounds like the Saints' preference is for Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton over Tennessee's Derek Barnett and Stanford's Solomon Thomas.

The Saints could end up with a second first-round pick if they trade wide receiver Brandin Cooks. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that New Orleans has had trade talks with the Titans and Eagles regarding Cooks. If the Saints land another first-round pick from one of those teams, they could come out of the top 20 with a defensive end and cornerback, or a wide receiver to replace Cooks.

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Ya, I heard on either Move The Sticks, or First Draft, that we're looking more towards speed rushers, because we already have the "power/technique" players on the roster. As good as Solomon Thomas and Barnett would be, we already have the evolved version of those guys in Cam Jordan. Takk McKinley, Taco, Basham, and Tim Williams, were the names that were floated around. I actually think it was Bucky and DJ that were saying that.
 

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To trade Cooks for Titans 2 1st round picks and then select Solomon Thomas and Christian McCaffrey or the Tennessee RB
 

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Taco Charlton is a bust waiting to happen, dude gets all of his sacks by the qb running into him or coverage sacks. Rarely if ever he lines up against a decent tackle and straight 1v1 beats him with some type of rush move and get the sack, now go look at Derek Barnett and watch and awe at that dip and rip move.
 

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Trade cooks and 11 for 5 and 18, draft Reuben Foster, Derek Barnett, and Adoree Jackson with our first three picks :hihi:
Where is this pipe dream coming from? We're not going to end up with 5 and 18. It's just not going to happen. We may end up with 5. We may end up with 11 and 18. 5 and 18 is not going to happen. I don't even know where the idea came from.
 

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Where is this pipe dream coming from? We're not going to end up with 5 and 18. It's just not going to happen. We may end up with 5. We may end up with 11 and 18. 5 and 18 is not going to happen. I don't even know where the idea came from.

Couldn't possibly be why I put the lil laughy face at the end huh?
 
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get Taco at 11 and Sidney Jones at 18
 

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