With the rush of free agency in the rear view mirror it is time to focus in on the NFL Draft, specifically on team needs. In this article we look at the New Orleans Saints draft needs for 2016 as we approach the April 28th 1st round from Chicago. The Saints didn’t have a good year. Their defense was awful – again – and the offense wasn’t able to pick up the slack. They certainly have a lot of work to do to rebuild this roster and bring it back to the level it needs to be to take advantage of an elite QB whilst they have one.
Biggest Need: Pass Rusher
Not that long ago the Saints had a pretty effective pass rush with Cam Jordan, Junior Galette and a host of other contributors; in 2013 – when they went 11-5 – they had 49 sacks. That would’ve been tied for 2nd this season. However, they only managed 31. That was 25th in the league. They have to add a pass rusher in this draft. Whether it is an interior pass rusher or an edge rusher, they just need something.
Other Needs: Wide Receiver, Cornerback, Offensive line
With the release of Marques Colston this year, the loss of Benjamin Watson in free agency and last year’s trade involving Jimmy Graham, the Saints receiving corps is down to Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead. If they can add a bigger threat to work the middle of the field and the red zone, Drew Brees will surely be grinning ear-to-ear. It’s safe to say that the Brandon Browner signing last offseason was a huge bust. With his release, the Saints are left with Delvin Breaux and PJ Williams as their top 2 corners. Though these two aren’t bad, adding another corner to the mix would certainly do no harm – you can never have too many corners. Drew Brees got beat up last season. He was sacked 31 times and hit a hell of a lot more. Last year they got Andrus Peat to be their left tackle of the future, well now they need to find their right tackle and guards. Not only for Brees’ sake, but for Ingram’s too. If Brees has more time and Ingram has more room to run, the Saints offense could get back to its explosive ways.