The New Orleans Saints Must Address Their Needs With Their 2013 NFL Draft First Round Pick

By Alejandro Aviles
DeMarcus Milliner
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The New Orleans Saints will have the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and there is one area of concern that the team needs to address, the secondary. The Saints had the worst defense in the NFL this past season and statistically the worst in NFL history. Furthermore, the defense gave up a league high 2,280 yards after the catch and all of that falls on the secondary. Sure, the coaching staff is partly to blame too, but these are professional NFL players we’re talking about and they should be able to make a tackle.

With that said, the Saints really need to go after a cornerback or safety with their 15th pick and bring some life into the secondary. Cornerback Jabari Greer is not getting any younger and he could re-aggravate his sports hernia injury at any moment. Furthermore, the Saints could save some money by letting go of safety Roman Harper. Harper and Greer are getting older but they are experienced and both had decent seasons.

History has shown us that the Saints have had success drafting secondary players in the first round. The last time the Saints picked 15th or higher they selected free safety Malcolm Jenkins with the 14th overall pick back in 2009, the Saints’ Super Bowl season. Since coming to the Saints, Jenkins has been one of the better players in the secondary and was even named team captain for this past season.

Come April 25th, 2013 the Saints need to select either a cornerback or safety to help their weak secondary. There will be plenty of talent available but at this point I would like to see the Saints try to go after Alabama CB DeMarcus Milliner or Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks. Both players could help the Saints’ secondary immediately and hopefully one of the two will fall to the Saints.

Alejandro Aviles is the Featured Writer for the New Orleans Saints at Rant Sports @aaviles312

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