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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Every NFL team has its cursed position. The Cleveland Browns never have a quarterback. The Seattle Seahawks have historical issues with their offensive line. And the New Orleans Saints have seemingly been haunted by the cornerback position since their inception. ...

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Every NFL team has its cursed position. The Cleveland Browns never have a quarterback. The Seattle Seahawks have historical issues with their offensive line. And the New Orleans Saints have seemingly been haunted by the cornerback position since their inception.

In 50 seasons, the Saints have had three Pro Bowl cornerbacks: Dave Whitsell (1967); Dave Waymer (1987); and Eric Allen (1996). The current 21-year Pro Bowl drought is the longest in the NFL, a staggering run of futility at the position.



The Saints have tried just about everything over the years to address what is arguably the most important position in the game other than quarterback. They selected corners in the first round of the NFL draft (Alex Molden, Malcolm Jenkins, Patrick Robinson,), bought veterans in free agency (Jabari Greer, Keenan Lewis, Brandon Browner), signed restricted free agents to offer sheets (Jason David) and took fliers on Canadian Football League prospects (Delvin Breaux).

Little has worked, although Breaux has been a pleasant surprise given his modest pedigree and relative lack of experience.

The Saints have fielded a number of good cornerbacks over the years. But they've lacked the proverbial shut-down guy.

All of this historical context is meant to explain why the Saints might be so hell-bent on acquiring Malcolm Butler.

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Re: Malcolm Butler could be the answer to the Saints' cornerback woes but at what price?

I just worry about the system NE runs. Safety help over the top is such a huge part of their scheme. I just do not see a FS on the roster with that skill set to patrol mid field like that. size is another concern

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I just worry about the system NE runs. Safety help over the top is such a huge part of their scheme. I just do not see a FS on the roster with that skill set to patrol mid field like that.
Budda Baker could be that. That's his specialty. Maybe if we had more over the top help we wouldn't get burnt so often.
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Budda Baker could be that. That's his specialty. Maybe if we had more over the top help we wouldn't get burnt so often.
Baker is getting the Honey badger type comparisons. He could be special.
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Baker is getting the Honey badger type comparisons. He could be special.
I like him. If Tredavious White isn't there at 32 I'd take Budda Baker. If Obi Melifonwu is there in the 2nd round I'd be tempted to pair those two together and move Vacarro.
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Givecup a pick for a system player? Or use that pick to possibly draft our future CB or Safety.....also Butler couldn't cover Brandin Cooks...if that means anything
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I feel like it's a reach...and the Saints would be getting the short end of the stick
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Re: Malcolm Butler could be the answer to the Saints' cornerback woes but at what price?

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Givecup a pick for a system player? Or use that pick to possibly draft our future CB or Safety.....also Butler couldn't cover Brandin Cooks...if that means anything
Is the hypothetical CB or safety we pick just a product of his college system?
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If Butler is a system player then we need to implement that system in New Orleans ASAP. It's a good enough system to get the Patriots all of these Super Bowls and to make a no-named cornerback into somebody who would get $12-14 million on the open market.
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Re: Malcolm Butler could be the answer to the Saints' cornerback woes but at what price?

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Baker is getting the Honey badger type comparisons. He could be special.
I'd prefer intimidators like NC State's Josh Jones...

Let Kenny V move back to his more natural FS spot, if he can't beat out Vonn Bell, then move on without the salary cap hit...
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