Obviously, every NFL team wants to have a good draft in 2013, but it’s especially crucial that the New Orleans Saints get value at the 15th overall pick. The consensus is that the Saints will try to improve upon a defense that was historically awful in 2012.
Names have floated left and right, but the Saints are surely going to address a pass rush and snag one of the many defensive ends in this draft. I have had my eyes on Dion Jordan from Oregon who would give the club an added boost on the defensive front.
Aside from Jordan, the defensive ends have all been scouted, but the long-shot pick is that the Saints decide to aid their secondary and draft SS Kenny Vaccaro out of Texas. New Orleans made a splash this free agency period by nabbing Keenan Lewis to play cornerback after four seasons of great football with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
At the 15th pick, the Saints have some leeway, but they must get production no matter what position they decide to select. Teams drafting later on have the luxury of developing talent, however the Saints are in no shape to have first-round flops. Once again, if they can win big with a guy like Jordan or if Star Lotulelei drops to the middle of the first round they will have made ample improvements to their defense.
Sean Payton will be able to coach from the get-go, but they still need to have a good draft pick in 2013 if they hope to compete in the tough NFC South.