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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; As the Super Bowl XLIV champions, the New Orleans Saints donít have a lot of major holes to fill, but they do have some needs going into the NFL draft on Thursday. Of course, when you win the Super Bowl ...

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Old 04-18-2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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Saints have needs as draft nears

As the Super Bowl XLIV champions, the New Orleans Saints donít have a lot of major holes to fill, but they do have some needs going into the NFL draft on Thursday.

Of course, when you win the Super Bowl and have an offense that led the NFL in total yards last season coming back almost intact, there are few worries. But there are needs, always.

Like every other team, the Saints will be looking for a few more good players to plug in ó especially for a defense that, while it was impressive with 39 takeaways in the regular season and eight more in the postseason, ranked 25th in total yards allowed and 20th in points allowed.

While the Saints have been known to take the proverbial best available player in the first round, here are five positions they may try to target with their six selections in the seven-round draft that begins Thursday night and continues Friday and Saturday.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER: The Saints lost strongside linebacker Scott Fujita, a four-year starter, in free agency and could look to fill this spot as their most pressing need in the first round. While they have a pair of young players theyíre high on in Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Jonathan Casillas, both were undrafted free agents. If they donít find a strongside linebacker, the Saints could also tab a weakside linebacker considering starter Scott Shanle is going into the final year of his contract.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE: In finishing 21st against the run last season and giving up 122.1 yards per game, the Saints were gashed for some long runs ó especially in the second half of the season. While 2008 first-round draft pick Sedrick Ellis is solid, the Saints could upgrade at the other tackle spot where Remi Ayodele filled in for an injured Kendrick Clancy. They could find a big run-stuffer in the first or seconds rounds of a draft thatís deep in interior linemen.

DEFENSIVE END: The Saints filled their biggest need here when they signed former Chicago Bears defensive end Alex Brown to replace Charles Grant, who was released. Brown is expected to team up with Will Smith, but the only other backups are Bobby McCray and Jeff Charleston. So getting another end for depth and for the future wouldnít be totally out of the question.

TIGHT END: When Jeremy Shockey is on the field, he makes a big difference with his pass catching and blocking. But heís had injury problems the last three seasons and could be slowing down following a lot of wear and tear on his body. David Thomas helped out tremendously last season, but the Saints need a strong, young player to help out with the blocking after being hammered by injuries the last four seasons.

RUNNING BACK: Despite declining to match an offer for Mike Bell and allowed him to go to Philadelphia, the Saints are still well-stocked with Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas and Lynell Hamilton. But it wouldnít be a shock to see the Saints bring in a young slasher in the middle rounds if they can take care of their needs on defense early in the draft.

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Please let it be DT or LB...
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Yeah Toby Gerhart in the second
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Yeah Toby Gerhart in the second
Toby will probably be gone before our 1st round selection.

One of my pet peeves is "no way he'll be there when we pick", but this is one I feel pretty strongly about. He's probably the 2nd best RB in this draft after Spiller, so I doubt he's available at 64.

Although... NFLDRAFTSCOUT ( a fairly accurate site) has him as the 85th best player and the 7th best RB.

Hmmm. I'd absolutely love a PT/Gerhart combo in the backfield. We could trade or cut twinkle toes 2 seconds after the selection.

Now that I think about it, Ben Tate and PT would be awesome too.
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Hmmm. I'd absolutely love a PT/Gerhart combo in the backfield. We could trade or cut twinkle toes 2 seconds after the selection.
Not. Gonna. Happen.

Payton LOVES Twinkle Toes.

Somehow Reggie hijacked yet another thread!
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You guys wanting to get rid of Reggie need to get over it!!!! He isn't going anywhere and rightfully so!!! The dude is a playmaker and when he is on the field we are that next snap away from putting six on the board from anywhere on the field!

Reggie makes our chances of winning another SB that much better....Why do some of you want to give that away????

I think some of you have to much of a "one track mind". If you would stop trying to imagine Reggie as something he is never going to be, which is a bruising down hill runner, and take him for what he is, which is an electrifying playmaker from anywhere on the field, you could then maybe realize what we have in him and appreciate him a bit more perhaps!


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You guys wanting to get rid of Reggie need to get over it!!!! He isn't going anywhere and rightfully so!!! The dude is a playmaker and when he is on the field we are that next snap away from putting six on the board from anywhere on the field!

Reggie makes our chances of winning another SB that much better....Why do some of you want to give that away????

I think some of you have to much of a "one track mind". If you would stop trying to imagine Reggie as something he is never going to be, which is a bruising down hill runner, and take him for what he is, which is an electrifying playmaker from anywhere on the field, you could then maybe realize what we have in him and appreciate him a bit more perhaps!
your exactly right ,reggie is part of a super bowl champion team that will stay together(offense) like it or not. him going anywhere else in the nfl and try and be any different type of back will turn in a totally embarrasing and probably a career ending season.
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You guys wanting to get rid of Reggie need to get over it!!!! He isn't going anywhere and rightfully so!!! The dude is a playmaker and when he is on the field we are that next snap away from putting six on the board from anywhere on the field!

Reggie makes our chances of winning another SB that much better....Why do some of you want to give that away????

I think some of you have to much of a "one track mind". If you would stop trying to imagine Reggie as something he is never going to be, which is a bruising down hill runner, and take him for what he is, which is an electrifying playmaker from anywhere on the field, you could then maybe realize what we have in him and appreciate him a bit more perhaps!
Absolutely! We don't have an offensive player that causes more headaches for opposing defensive coordinators than Reggie. He's not the only reason we won the Super Bowl this year but I don't think we would be drafting at #32 without him.
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Absolutely! We don't have an offensive player that causes more headaches for opposing defensive coordinators than Reggie. He's not the only reason we won the Super Bowl this year but I don't think we would be drafting at #32 without him.
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Toby will probably be gone before our 1st round selection.

One of my pet peeves is "no way he'll be there when we pick", but this is one I feel pretty strongly about. He's probably the 2nd best RB in this draft after Spiller, so I doubt he's available at 64.

Although... NFLDRAFTSCOUT ( a fairly accurate site) has him as the 85th best player and the 7th best RB.

Hmmm. I'd absolutely love a PT/Gerhart combo in the backfield. We could trade or cut twinkle toes 2 seconds after the selection.

Now that I think about it, Ben Tate and PT would be awesome too.
gerhart is the 2nd best running back? what about ryan matthews who had nearly 75 less carries and only 70 less yards rushing

what about jonathan dwyer who provides a valuable assett as a short yardage back and can handle a full load?

what about jahvid best, dexter mccluster and joe mcknight?

gerhart isnt better than any of them
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