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WhoDat!656 05-01-2012 07:19 PM

Projecting Saints starters
Now, that the NFL draft is over, lets have some fun. Lets start looking ahead to next season with team-by-team looks at what I project as the opening day lineups for each of the four NFC South teams.

Lets start with the New Orleans Saints, who might not have any rookies open the season as starters because they didnt have a draft pick until the third round. Also, lets keep in mind that the Saints could be dealing with some suspensions from their bounty program. We wont speculate on possible suspensions. Well just go with the depth chart as I see it now and Ill throw in comments where there could be competition.

QB Drew Brees (assuming his contract situation gets straightened out)
RB Pierre Thomas (you can also count Darren Sproles as a starter)
FB Jed Collins
WR Marques Colston
WR Devery Henderson (Lance Moore will play as much as the starters)
TE Jimmy Graham
LT Jermon Bushrod
LG Ben Grubbs
C Brian de la Puente
RG Jahri Evans
RT Zach Strief
DE Will Smith
DT Sedrick Ellis
DT Brodrick Bunkley
DE Cameron Jordan
LB Curtis Lofton
LB Jonathan Vilma (it remains to be seen if Vilma or Lofton will play in the middle)
LB Scott Shanle
CB Jabari Greer
CB Patrick Robinson
FS Malcolm Jenkins
SS Roman Harper
K Garrett Hartley (assuming he wins training camp competition with John Kasay)
P Thomas Morstead
PR Darren Sproles
KR Darren Sproles

Projecting Saints starters - NFC South Blog - ESPN

jcp026 05-01-2012 07:29 PM

OCCUPY SCOTT SHANLE! Get him out of there.

lumm0x 05-01-2012 08:08 PM

Hawthorne will be a starter. Likely where you have Lofton lined up and put him in MLB. I can't see Vilma escaping the wrath of Goodell.

Euphoria 05-01-2012 08:47 PM

You think Drew makes the team this year?

alexonfyre 05-01-2012 09:19 PM

I like to think that Scott Shanle tried the hardest to get those bounties and also failed the hardest. Maybe they will suspend him for a year...

BGWhoDat 05-01-2012 09:32 PM

I think Lofton will start and middle and Hawthorne will start also.. then toggle the remaining spot with whomever. Shanle is a Spagnuolo guy, so I guess that's the logical choice for a fill-in assumption.

|Mitch| 05-01-2012 09:56 PM

I'm thinking Lofton in the middle, Hawthorne, and Martez Wilson will beat out Shanle for the start, assuming Vilma is suspended...

st thomas 05-01-2012 10:06 PM

I LIKE 97% WHAT U HAVE UP THERE WHODAT. i really believe if he stays healthy a rookie could be returning kicks and punts. and sproles will be relieved of them duties. jmo

CharityMike 05-01-2012 10:50 PM

To many people are leaving Martez out of the equation. We are going to see a lot more of him this year!

The Dude 05-01-2012 10:51 PM

What about Romeus ?? Supposedly he could have had an immediate impact had he not had injuries. This guy was supposed to have a great upside for where he was selected in the draft.

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