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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Some expect the Saints to select an outside linebacker, defensive end or defensive tackle with the 32nd pick in the first round of the draft April 22. While the team has needs at each of those positions, it has taken ...

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Old 03-26-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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Saints not handcuffed by defensive needs

Some expect the Saints to select an outside linebacker, defensive end or defensive tackle with the 32nd pick in the first round of the draft April 22. While the team has needs at each of those positions, it has taken a best-player-available approach in the past, so team observers say plucking an offensive player canít be ruled out.


Sources said tight end could be a spot the team addresses at some point in the draft, perhaps as early as the first round.


TE Jeremy Shockey(notes) is signed through the 2011 season, but heíll turn 30 in August and has been prone to injuries throughout his career. Heís missed seven games in his two seasons with New Orleans because of injuries and has been limited in many others because of nagging ailments.


Shockey has made some big plays since coming over from the Giants, including a touchdown catch in the Super Bowl, but even while playing in one of the more productive offenses in the league, 2008 and í09 were two of his least impressive seasons statistically.


The Saints have solid depth behind Shockey at tight end, but itís made up of role players. They lack a young, versatile threat who could allow head coach Sean Payton to expand his playbook further. Itís not too early for Payton to find a player he can develop into an eventual replacement for Shockey.


Oklahomaís Jermaine Gresham and Arizonaís Rob Gronkowski are the two tight ends in this draft who have drawn the most attention. Both have the tools to become elite performers and could intrigue New Orleans. While Gresham is likely to be off the board when the Saints pick, Gronkowski may be available. Some will consider it a reach if he is selected that early, though, especially with young talent sure to be available at positions of need on defense.


The Saints lost OLB Scott Fujita(notes) to the Browns in free agency and cut DE Charles Grant(notes). FS Darren Sharper(notes) is an unrestricted free agent who could sign elsewhere. All three of those players were starters last season, and the Saints havenít made moves in free agency to fill those voids. While adding another weapon for QB Drew Brees(notes) has to intrigue Payton, itís clear that the teamís most pressing needs are on the other side of the ball.

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Old 03-26-2010, 10:54 AM   #2
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Re: Saints not handcuffed by defensive needs

The Saints will take the BPA (from the defensive side of the ball). LOL.
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And it won't be Cody. ; )
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Re: Saints not handcuffed by defensive needs

BUT it will be def. I can see a TE 3rd round or later
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taking a TE #1 would be VERY disappointing

Shockey has been as productive as we needed him to be, and in our offense, our TE really only needs to a 'role player'
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Lets grab Alex Brown for a 4th rounder. He should be an upgrade over Grant for sure and probably has a couple of years left
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