Too often, the Saints failed to generate an adequate pass rush last season. Some of the issues in that regard have been taken care of after New Orleans made efforts to improve the secondary this offseason. That issue can be taken care of by finding another solid edge rusher. The incoming rookie will likely be situational player or split snaps with Junior Galette to start, but he could help make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks in passing situations.
A lot of offense went out the door when the Saints traded away tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Kenny Stills. Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston provide two solid targets at the top of the depth chart, and running back C.J. Spiller will contribute in the passing game, but the Saints could use another target for Drew Brees. It wouldn’t be surprising to see New Orleans pull a player out of a deep and talented cast of receivers.
New Orleans is confident in Tim Lelito’s ability to fill in for guard Ben Grubbs, who was traded to Kansas City this offseason, but it wouldn’t hurt to find another player to compete at this position. Even if he can’t start right away, he could learn behind the scenes, hone his craft and serve as a backup until he’s ready to take over. With Jahri Evans closer to the end than the beginning, this would be for the future as much as now.
The Saints have several linebackers who are downhill players and decent in coverage. What they lack is a player who excels against the pass and can be a true sideline-to-sideline presence. It’s unlikely this player will be targeted early in the draft, but he could be in play with the 31st or 44th pick in the draft. With the talent pool here being shallow, New Orleans might not be able to wait much longer to address the position.
The Saints are either set at this position or in need of help. The top of the depth chart is good with Brandon Browner and Keenan Lewis. Behind them, there are question marks in Delvin Breaux, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Kyle Wilson, Terrence Frederick and Brian Dixon. If the Saints feel those players can step up and fill the voids, then maybe this position is a luxury. If the team is uncertain about any of those players, a cornerback will need to be selected.