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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told Bobby and Deke on WWL in New Orleans that defense is their priority going into next week’s draft. “Certainly we’re looking closely at our defense, and that would be a priority,” via ...

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told Bobby and Deke on WWL in New Orleans that defense is their priority going into next week’s draft.

“Certainly we’re looking closely at our defense, and that would be a priority,” via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I would say this: When you start getting into that selection and you see magnets both offensively and defensively that are close to each other on the grade line, it’s easy then — if you feel real close about the players — to go with one side of the ball or the other. The challenge is when you see the magnet that sits up there much higher than the defensive player, for instance, and then are you just strictly trying to draft a need player as opposed to maybe the best available player. And I think the key is just, what’s the gap? And so when a player falls or you feel like you have a real high grade on a player, you have to pay attention to that.”

I believe the Saints’ biggest need is defensive end that can get to the quarterback. If they could have actually gotten to the quarterback last season, their secondary wouldn’t have looked so bad, because even the best secondaries can’t hold up with a poor defensive line.

Sean Payton admits the Saints? top priority is defense in the draft

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Old 04-21-2013, 05:03 PM   #2
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Re: Sean Payton admits the Saints’ top priority is defense in the draft

Yet, he still leaves the door open for an offense pick at #15.
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Re: Sean Payton admits the Saints’ top priority is defense in the draft

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Yet, he still leaves the door open for an offense pick at #15.
I'm open to taking an OT with the first pick if everything is even on the board. We could sign him to a rookie long term cheap contract. I realise that we need defense desperately but we also need a little continuity along the offensive line. This is a deep draft for defense.....and a lot of that talent is in the later rounds.
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I'm open to taking an OT with the first pick if everything is even on the board. We could sign him to a rookie long term cheap contract. I realise that we need defense desperately but we also need a little continuity along the offensive line. This is a deep draft for defense.....and a lot of that talent is in the later rounds.

Agreed, but I doubt that there's an OT available at #15 who is worth taking in the middle of the 1st round... all of those guys are probably gone by then, so trading down would then be the best choice if they're not trading up.
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Agreed, but I doubt that there's an OT available at #15 who is worth taking in the middle of the 1st round... all of those guys are probably gone by then, so trading down would then be the best choice if they're not trading up.
Depends, if the Oklahoma tackle would fall to us I could see him being the pick. I would shoot myself in the face if we drafted aWR from Tennessee.
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Depends, if the Oklahoma tackle would fall to us I could see him being the pick. I would shoot myself in the face if we drafted aWR from Tennessee.

Naturally Lane Johnson would be a no-brainer pick at #15, but I seriously doubt he'll fall that far down the list.
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Re: Sean Payton admits the Saints’ top priority is defense in the draft

i have accepted the fact that the saints have to be one of the hardest teams to prdict in the draft. they could go defense with 2 picks and all offense the rest of the way.

So what surprises are waiting for us this year? i can not wait lol

BPA Lane Johnson would be sweet.
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Re: Sean Payton admits the Saints’ top priority is defense in the draft

Your absolutely right. I still don't know which way Sean will go at 15. He is so hush-hush about everything.....I love and hate that about him!
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Your absolutely right. I still don't know which way Sean will go at 15. He is so hush-hush about everything.....I love and hate that about him!
I'm sure there are 1-2 people who know what his true intentions are.
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I'm sure there are 1-2 people who know what his true intentions are.
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