Coming off of their Super Bowl Win in the 2009 season, the Saints were looking to repeat in 2010 but came up short. The achilles heel for the Saints seems to stem from not being able to compete on the defensive level. The Saints will need to address several different areas on the defense during this offseason. The defensive line needs a youthful movement, and the linebacking corp will need to be upgraded in order for the Saints to get back to glory. One thing remains the same – Drew Brees is not going anywhere, nor is Shawn Payton, which actually gives the Saints a good chance to get where they need to be… the Super Bowl.
Some of the Saints’ offseason needs:
DT-The Saints have been trying an upgrade next to Sedrick Ellis for a while now. I could see the Saints looking for someone to fill that void in the 1st or 2nd round of this year’s draft.
LB-The Saints could actually need a couple of LB’s for next season. Scott Shanle is just not cutting out to be the answer they are looking for. The one thing they have going for them is Jonathan Vilma, a versatile player who can move where ever the Saints need him to go. That gives the Saints a chance to draft a weakside backer or just focus on a middle backer with Vilma’s versatility.
DE-With all of the talent at the DE position in this draft, it may be wise to draft a DE in the 1st round. Will Smith is still going to be the LDE, but the Saints need someone opposite of him at the RDE position, and this draft offers many of those kind of players.
S-With the emergence of Malcom Jenkins at the SS position, the Saints will need to find someone to help in center field and play the FS position. There is good value at that position in the later rounds of this year’s draft.
RB-Chris Ivory came on strong last year, but did get hurt, so there are some questions about if he can carry the full load of a 16 or 18 game season. As we all know, Reggie Bush can not carry the load either so a RB may be of great value to the Saints in this draft.
Here’s a look at the mock of the New Orleans Saints:
24-Adrian Clayborn, DE – Iowa
56-Drake Nevis, DT – LSU
72-Quan Sturdivant, ILB – North Carolina
88-Deunta Williams, FS – North Carolina
216-John Clay, RB – Wisconsin