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What Are The New Orleans Saints’ Team Needs For 2017?

The New Orleans Saints’ team needs for the 2017 season is a long list. The offense, as usual was pretty good in 2016 and they don’t have that many issues to address on that side of the ball. However, they had one of the league’s worst defenses in 2016. The Saints gave up over 6,000 total yards on defense, nearly 4,600 in the air. So they will obviously need to address the secondary position first and proceed to the defensive line. If they can fill some holes on the defensive side of their team, they might be able to return to contention in the NFC.

The Saints had two receivers end up with over 1,000 yards in 2016. Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas found ways to make plays in the passing game. So that part of the offense really isn’t an issue or something they must address early. The running game was inconsistent to say the least. The Saints have a solid back in Mark Ingram, but he suffered a few injuries this past season. Selecting a running back with one of their early picks could help fill one of the Saints‘ team needs. Now, I’m not saying spend a first or second on a back, but maybe a third or fourth round pick.

With the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Saints are in a prime position to select a game changer. I think they have to go corner here with this draft class. They need to find a great cover guy with solid physical attributes. Lucky for them, there are some outstanding prospects at that position. If they can address the corner position early, they can focus on a linebacker, a pass rusher, and a safety with their next few picks. Along with these early defensive picks, they should look at a running back and a possible successor to Drew Brees. The Saints‘ team needs can be filled with a strong draft and if they can fill the holes on these few positions.

Here are some prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft in which the Saints should keep a close eye on and possibly select.

Teez Tabor – CB Florida

Tabor is the perfect player for this Saints secondary. He has exceptional cover skills and he possesses elite physical traits which is a huge plus. At 6’0″ and 200 pounds he’s a strong guy that can man up and play physical defense. His natural quickness and agility provides his strong press coverage skills. He would make an immediate impact for this defense from day one and they should strongly consider Tabor in the first round.

Jabrill Peppers – S Michigan

Once again, address the secondary to help out the dreadful pass defense in New Orleans is a must. I think if Peppers were to fall to them at 11, they simply cannot pass. This guy is a freak athlete and is extremely versatile. Peppers has a similar build and size to Teez Tabor, at 6’0″ and 205 pounds. He’s a guy who can play safety or corner depending on how they wish to use him. His competitiveness and natural leadership skills would go a long way in transforming this defense.

Tim Williams – LB Alabama

The Saints need an all out play maker. They need someone who will change the look of the defense and someone who opposing offenses really have to plan and prepare for. That play maker is Tim Williams. Coming out of Alabama, he knows how to win and how to play in intense games. He’s an absolute stud and very athletic. At 6’3″ and 250 pounds he provides strength and power at the linebacker position. The saints really need a guy who can contribute in the running and passing defense. Williams would answer many of their issues on this side of the ball.

Derek Barnett – DE Tennessee

The Saints desperately need to improve their pass rush. They need to pair someone up with their 2016 season sack leader, Cameron Jordan who had 7.5 sacks. If they can find another physical and athletic guy to play with Jordan, they would cover up some of their secondary and defensive line issues. Derek Barnett is another big bodied player at 6’3″ and 265 pounds. He has a quick burst off the line of scrimmage and would make a huge impact for the Saints‘ defense. - Customized NFL Gear

Here are some guys the Saints could target later in the draft to address a few offensive positions.

Wayne Gallman – RB Clemson

Here’s a back who the Saints could possibly snag in the fourth round. That would be great value as Gallman is a physical back who played in many big games at Clemson. He’s listed at 6’0″ and 215 pounds, which is excellent size for a running back. He could help out the backfield in New Orleans by rotating with Mark Ingram. This past season, Gallman averaged nearly five yards a carry to gain over 1,100 yards in a pass-happy offense. He scored an impressive 17 touchdowns.

Davis Webb – QB California

The Saints might be able to get by for a few more years with Drew Brees as their starting quarterback. They do need to start looking for his successor however. Now, if they plan on waiting in this year’s draft they might be able to find some value with Davis Webb. A player who transferred from Texas Tech and had a great year with the Cal Bears. Webb threw for nearly 4,300 yards and 37 touchdowns while earning a 135.6 passer rating this past season. He has that gunslinger mentality and possess trust and confidence in his receivers. This remind you of anyone? Drew Brees has made a career with this type of play. If Webb were to fall and still be available in the fifth or sixth round, the Saints should select him.

Some of the Saints’ team needs can be filled with these players. They have a lot of evaluating to do and will have to figure out which strategy to go with. I think if they address some defensive needs early on in he draft, they can find some value players on the offensive side in the later rounds.