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Now that the 2016 NFL Draft is over and the player procurement phase of the offseason is largely complete, time to analyze where things stand four months before the 2016 season.

In fact, the more you look at the Saints' roster the more you realize the key to the upcoming season isn't the 2016 draft class, but the 2015 draft class.

The Saints will lean heavily on the nine-man group they selected a year ago to carry them back into contention in the NFC. If you include the group of seven college free agents, the Class of 2015 could make up almost a third of the 53-man roster next season.

The defense, in particular, will sink or swim with the sophomore class. Almost half of the defensive depth chart could be made up of players from the 2015 draft class, including projected starters Stephone Anthony, Hau'oli Kikaha, Bobby Richardson and nickel back Damian Swann.



Then there's forgotten men, P.J. Williams and Davis Tull. For all intents and purposes, you might as well add those two to the 2016 draft class. No one knows what to expect from either of them after redshirting last season on injured reserve. But with the Saints bypassing cornerback and edge rusher in this year's draft, the development of Williams and Tull takes on added importance.

The same could be said for the guard position, where 2015 first-rounder Andrus Peat could factor into the competition. Loomis said Saturday that Peat will get a shot to compete for a starting job at one of the two guard spots.

If Williams, Tull and Peat come through, the absence of a cornerback, edge rusher and guard in the 2015 draft won't be so glaring.

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Old 05-01-2016, 10:17 AM   #2
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The same could be said for the guard position, where 2015 first-rounder Andrus Peat could factor into the competition. Loomis said Saturday that Peat will get a shot to compete for a starting job at one of the two guard spots
And we passed on Laremy Tunsil? I am sorry I just do not see a valid enough reason at 12 not to take the kid. insta grams or not. no reason. Especially after this statement. I thank god phones were attached to the wall back in my day.
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And we passed on Laremy Tunsil? I am sorry I just do not see a valid enough reason at 12 not to take the kid. insta grams or not. no reason. Especially after this statement. I thank god phones were attached to the wall back in my day.
If Baltimore was willing to pass on him with Ozzie Newsome's stellar drafting then I'm more than happy to follow suit.
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And we passed on Laremy Tunsil? I am sorry I just do not see a valid enough reason at 12 not to take the kid. insta grams or not. no reason. Especially after this statement. I thank god phones were attached to the wall back in my day.
I'd rather fix the interior pass rush on the defense.
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I'd rather fix the interior pass rush on the defense.
True. A lot of our pass rush problems were because we didn't force QB's off their mark.

We also didn't have much on the outside either so its not like we've become the Denver Broncos by adding Rankins, but I suspect we'll be quite a bit improved.

Continued development of Edibali, Kikaha, Richardson, Davison, Gwacham, Jenkins

Add Fairley, Rankins, Tull, Onyemata

Suddenly we don't look as weak.
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True. A lot of our pass rush problems were because we didn't force QB's off their mark.

We also didn't have much on the outside either so its not like we've become the Denver Broncos by adding Rankins, but I suspect we'll be quite a bit improved.

Continued development of Edibali, Kikaha, Richardson, Davison, Gwacham, Jenkins

Add Fairley, Rankins, Tull, Onyemata

Suddenly we don't look as weak.
Actually, we look pretty good......on paper we have the makings of a winning team. WE have a good looking crop of UDFA's to go with the solid draft and the return of last years rookies. There will be players returning from IR who can contribute immediately and improve our standing in our division.
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True. A lot of our pass rush problems were because we didn't force QB's off their mark.

We also didn't have much on the outside either so its not like we've become the Denver Broncos by adding Rankins, but I suspect we'll be quite a bit improved.

Continued development of Edibali, Kikaha, Richardson, Davison, Gwacham, Jenkins

Add Fairley, Rankins, Tull, Onyemata

Suddenly we don't look as weak.
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like I said NEEDS won over BPA.
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