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The blocking of the New Orleans Saintsí tight ends was essential to the teamís improved run game in 2017, but the tight end group offered minimal production in the pass game.
Coby Fleener, in the second year of his lucrative deal, had just 22 catches for 295 yards in 11 games before a concussion forced him on injured reserve.
Josh Hill impressed in the two playoff games with six catches for 103 yards, but in the regular season, he had just 16 catches for 125 yards. Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui played more for their blocking than their receiving ability.
Entering this offseason, the Saints needed to add a tight end. They brought back Benjamin Watson hoping he could perform as he did with New Orleans in 2015, but the 37-year-old is on a one-year deal.
Looking to the future, thereís an opportunity for a young tight end to carve out a significant role in the offense, and the Saints might look for that player in this yearís draft.
With less than two weeks remaining before the draft, weíll analyze the Saintsí needs at each position. The 10-part series continues with tight ends.



Saints depth chart
Benjamin Watson
Coby Fleener
Josh Hill
Michael Hoomanawanui
Garrett Griffin
Alex Ellis

Potential Day 1 (first round) selections
Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
Mike Gesicki, Penn State

Potential Day 2 (rounds 2-3) selections
Ian Thomas, Indiana
Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
Dalton Schultz, Stanford

Potential Day 3 (rounds 4-7) selections
Jaylen Samuels, N.C. State
Durham Smythe, Notre Dame
Chris Herndon, Miami
Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin
Adam Breneman, UMass
Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan
Jordan Akins, Central Florida
Ryan Izzo, Florida State
Will Dissly, Washington
Jordan Thomas, Mississippi State
Nick Keizer, Grand Valley State
Andrew Vollert, Weber State
David Wells, San Diego State
Marcus Baugh, Ohio State

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I don’t think TE is that big of a need to warrant using our only pick in the top 90 on the position. I think we roll with Fleener, Watson and Hill this season.
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I don’t think TE is that big of a need to warrant using our only pick in the top 90 on the position. I think we roll with Fleener, Watson and Hill this season.
Agreed. Enough bodies there to get the job done even if it is a committee approach...

Though it's better than it's been in years, still worrisome is how thin we are along the defensive line...
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In our offense, think we need a bigger, taller tight end than he is - Fumigalli will be there later and still give you that...
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I donít think TE is that big of a need to warrant using our only pick in the top 90 on the position. I think we roll with Fleener, Watson and Hill this season.
This is sorta where I feel we are also. But should we land the guy we want, Fleener is a post June 1 and we save money.
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I donít think TE is that big of a need to warrant using our only pick in the top 90 on the position. I think we roll with Fleener, Watson and Hill this season.
I hope you are right. I hope we invest in the O-line instead. We are on shaky ground with Armstead and Peat broke his leg. We lost ALL of our depth this off season.
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This is sorta where I feel we are also. But should we land the guy we want, Fleener is a post June 1 and we save money.
Yep. At least 6M or so.
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Not that many good TE's anyway, most teams have roughly the same skill level. We have 2 that are good enough with some upside in blocking which is what sprung a lot of our ground game last year.
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