Setting the depth chart after the Saints trimmed down to 90 players.

One rule here: Rookies generally have to earn their spots ahead of the incumbents.

Quarterbacks (4)

Drew Brees

Luke McCown

Garrett Grayson

Griffin Neal

There isn't much drama here at the top heading into the offseason program. The Saints need to work something out that will keep Drew Brees here beyond the 2016 season, but that shouldn't impact him on the field. Garrett Grayson will look to knock off Luke McCown as the top backup, which is something New Orleans would welcome after investing a third-round pick in him last year.

Running backs (2)

Mark Ingram

Tim Hightower

Mark Ingram's emergence as a three-down player makes the construction of the depth chart a little more interesting. His chief backup on first and second down will be Hightower. But his ability to block and catch passes out of the backfield could impact how the roster is assembled.

Third-down/passing backs (4)

C.J. Spiller

Travaris Cadet

Marcus Murphy

Daniel Lasco

The Saints still believe that Spiller can be a special player after a disappointing 2015 season. He'll have camp to prove it. Cadet's emergence late last season makes him the early favorite to earn a roster spot here. Murphy was the top returner last season, but he'll need to win that job. Lasco could sneak onto the roster with his ability on special teams.

Fullbacks (2)

Austin Johnson

Sione Houma

The Saints moved away from the fullback position last season, instead using tight ends to fill the role at times. But it appears the door is still open for one to make the team after Johnson was brought back this offseason and Houma was added as a free agent.

Wide receivers (11)

Brandin Cooks

Willie Snead

Brandon Coleman

Michael Thomas

R.J. Harris

Reggie Bell

Shayne Winn

Kyle Prater

Jared Dangerfield

Jordan Williams-Lambert

Tommylee Lewis

There will be a ton of competition down the depth chart. Harris, Bell, Winn and Prater all have experience in the system. Dangerfield, Williams-Lambert, and Lewis will look to win a roster spot at the bottom of the depth chart.

Y tight end (2)

Michael Hoomanawanui

Josh Hill

It would be an upset if either of these guys do not make the roster after the team invested in them this offseason. Hoomanawanui is the best blocking tight end on the roster and brings some versatility to the offense.

F tight end (4)

Coby Fleener

Chris Manhertz

Jack Tabb

ReShaun Allen

There will be a good battle here behind Fleener. Manhertz is a player with some upside and Tabb showed promise before tearing his ACL last training camp.

Tackle (2)

Terron Armstead

Bryan Witzmann

Armstead will look to continue his climb into becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL.

Tackle (3)

Zach Strief

Andrus Peat

Avery Young

It appears the hope here is that Strief can continue to serve as the right tackle and that Peat can move inside to guard. If other options emerge at guard, the battle between Strief and Peat will become more head-to-head.

Guard (3)

Senio Kelemete

Landon Turner

Ryker Mathews

Guard (3)

Tim Lelito

Cyril Lemon

Joseph Cheek

There are a lot of unknowns here. Kelemete and Lelito have the early inside edge as the incumbents, but Lemon, Turner and Cheek will have the chance to win a job. Young, Allen and Henry could also figure into the mix at guard.

Center (3)

Max Unger

Marcus Henry

Jack Allen

Unger has this spot set.

Defensive end (2)

Cameron Jordan

Bobby Richardson

The setup here depends entirely on someone else emerging as the weakside rush end. If someone doesn't step up there, Jordan will move back into the other spot and Richardson will have the inside edge on this position.

Defensive tackle (three-technique) (3)

Nick Fairley

Sheldon Rankins

David Onyemata

This should be one of the better battles of the offseason. Fairley was signed to hold down this position, but the Saints did not spend a first-round pick on Rankins to have him be limited to subpackages.

Defensive tackle (nose) (4)

John Jenkins

Tyeler Davison

Kaleb Eulls

Ashaad Mabry

Jenkins should benefit from having better players around him. Davison did a good job holding down the fort at times last season in spot duty.

Defensive end (6)

Hau'oli Kikaha

Kasim Edebali

Obum Gwacham

Davis Tull

Mitchell Loewen

D.J. Pettway

It sounds like the Saints are going to give Kikaha every opportunity to win this job. Edebali and Gwacham both have shown promise. Since Tull is a similar player to Kikaha, he gets slotted at this position instead of linebacker.

Weakside linebacker (2)

Dannell Ellerbe

Craig Robertson

This is a critical position for the Saints. Injuries last season killed the depth here. Ellerbe needs to stay healthy, and Robertson needs to emerge as a player.

Middle linebacker (2)

James Laurinaitis

Jeff Schoettmer

The addition of Laurinaitis allows the Saints to tinker with the idea of moving some guys around, namely Kikaha and Anthony. His presence should help stabilize the defense.

Strongside linebacker (5)

Stephone Anthony

Nate Stupar

Michael Mauti

Dillon Lee

Dominique Tovell

In theory, Anthony should excel in this role. His responsibilities will be limited, and he can focus more on his assignment. Stupar, signed this offseason, is an interesting player and should bring something to the defense.

Cornerback (5)

Delvin Breaux

Damian Swann

P.J. Williams

Tony Cater

De'Vante Harris

Breaux was the biggest surprise of last offseason and has the ability to become one of the better cornerbacks in the league, assuming he continues on this trajectory. If Swann can bounce back from a series of concussions and Williams, who spent last season on injured reserve, proves to be a player, the Saints could have a good group of corners.

Cornerback (5)

Keenan Lewis

Kyle Wilson

Brian Dixon

Brandon Dixon

Ken Crawley

The key to that group being good is Lewis returning to form after battling a nagging hip injury last season.

Strong safety (4)

Kenny Vaccaro

Jamarca Sanford

Erik Harris

Mike Caputo

The Saints are solid at the top with Vaccaro. He excelled last season playing closer to the line of scrimmage. That shouldn't change.

Free safety (4)

Jairus Byrd

Vonn Bell

Alden Darby

Trae Elston

The presence of Bell gives the Saints options in the secondary. The team could use more two-high looks this season.

Kicker (2)

Kai Forbath

Josh Scobee

The Saints need someone to emerge as a viable option this season.

Punter (1)

Thomas Morstead

Locked in.

Long snapper (2)

Justin Drescher

Chris Highland

Drescher should win this battle.