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saintsfan1976 03-30-2015 09:35 AM

Where Saints Defense Stands
 
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Wow, need a safety anyone???

Agree with Triplett - DE is definite area of need along with some athleticism at the OLB/ILB positions

Where Saints roster stands: Defense/special teams - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN


DEFENSE:

DE -- Akiem Hicks, Glenn Foster

DE -- Cameron Jordan, Glenn Foster

NT -- Brodrick Bunkley, John Jenkins, Lawrence Virgil

OLB -- Junior Galette, Kasim Edebali

OLB -- Parys Haralson, Ronald Powell

ILB -- David Hawthorne, Ramon Humber

ILB -- Dannell Ellerbe, Kyle Knox, Jerry Franklin

CB -- Keenan Lewis, Terrence Frederick, Delvin Breaux

CB -- Brandon Browner, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Brian Dixon

SS -- Kenny Vaccaro, Jamarca Sanford, Vinnie Sunseri, Marcus Ball

FS -- Jairus Byrd, Rafael Bush, Pierre Warren, Kenny Phillips, Ty Zimmerman

SPECIAL TEAMS:

P -- Thomas Morstead

K -- Shayne Graham, Dustin Hopkins

LS -- Justin Drescher

H -- Luke McCown

PR -- Brandin Cooks, Jalen Saunders

KR -- Jalen Saunders

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Thoughts: The first two things that jump out are how loaded the Saints are at safety and how thin they are at defensive end.

Safety is the one position the Saints can probably ignore in the draft (unless they fall in love with a specific prospect). They loaded up on safeties last year because of injuries, and now they’ve got one of those “good problems.” The battle for backup jobs will be interesting in camp.

Every other position is fair game in the draft.

Coach Sean Payton said last week that the Saints need to draft at least one or two outside linebacker/defensive end pass-rush types. A second edge rusher to complement Galette might rank as New Orleans' No. 1 need overall -- especially with those early draft picks since it's hard to find dynamic pass-rushers late in the draft or in free agency.

Defensive end stands out as the thinnest position in terms of total bodies on the roster (regardless of whether you put the Saints in a 3-4 front or a 4-3 front). Starters Jordan and Hicks are excellent. But they’ll need more young backups to supplement Foster.

The Saints also need to get younger at inside linebacker behind veterans Ellerbe, Hawthorne, Haralson and Humber.

The Saints do have several young candidates for the nickel cornerback job -- but no proven ones. So an early draft pick or even a cheap free-agent addition might be a consideration.

As for special teams, the only position I’d expect the Saints to possibly target in the draft is a kickoff returner -- though Saunders showed some nice potential when he joined the Saints in the middle of last season.

dizzle88 03-30-2015 10:19 AM

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I wouldn't call Akiem Hicks excellent after last years performance

I really wouldn't call anyone excellent on our D after last year, not even Keenan Lewis.

saintsfan1976 03-30-2015 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by dizzle88 (Post 648477)
I wouldn't call Akiem Hicks excellent after last years performance

I really wouldn't call anyone excellent on our D after last year, not even Keenan Lewis.

Season one was a surprise. Season two was the result of not having stronger CB, S and LB play.

I think Hicks will be fine. So will Cam Jordan.

Don't forget Cam and Jr actually lead the league in QB hurries at one point

brees84 03-30-2015 10:56 AM

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Hicks looks like Tarzan plays like Jane. (most of the time) Still waiting for some consistency.

spkb25 03-30-2015 12:35 PM

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dline got after passer in 13, in 14 they didn't

our lb's do not impress me, at all

jnormand 03-30-2015 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by spkb25 (Post 648497)
dline got after passer in 13, in 14 they didn't

our lb's do not impress me, at all

I really hope LB gets addressed in the draft. First or second round.

Marlboro Man 03-30-2015 01:16 PM

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I thought we got rid of Bunkley.

ChrisXVI 03-30-2015 01:22 PM

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I'm not gonna lie... Our front seven on defense looks awful.

spkb25 03-30-2015 01:23 PM

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Originally Posted by jnormand (Post 648506)
I really hope LB gets addressed in the draft. First or second round.

me too, bro

spkb25 03-30-2015 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Marlboro Man (Post 648508)
I thought we got rid of Bunkley.

dude took a pay cut, don't think keeping him was bad considering what we're paying. Someone might be able to put more to that though


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