By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on April 4, 2014
With the return of Sean Payton for the 2013-14 NFL season, came the return of winning in New Orleans as the team went from 7-9 without Payton to 11-5 with him. With that said, it's important that the Saints nail the 2014 NFL Draft in order to insure that they continue to improve. That said, ladies and gentlemen, five day two NFL Draft prospects the Saints should target.
After losing Brian De La Puente to free agency, the Saints now have a big hole at the center position. Travis Swanson, out of Arkansas, is an intelligent player, and has intriguing athletic ability. Swanson could step in right away for New Orleans.
Scott Crichton out of Oregon is one of the most disruptive pass-rushers in this year's draft class, and is a perfect fit for New Orleans' defense. Crichton could be the type of defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid player Rob Ryan loves, and he would thrive with the Saints.
Right now, the Saints' ROLB spot is occupied by less-than-stellar Kyle Knox. Needless to say, the Saints need a lot of help at the position, and in Adrian Hubbard, the team is getting a player with the potential to become a special player.
Although the Saints currently have Marques Colston and Kenny Stills on the roster, the depth behind those two players is very questionable, and that's where Clemson's Martavis Bryant comes in. Bryant is a big receiver at 6-foot-4, and has great speed for a man of his size. Bryant could step in from Day 1 as a dangerous third receiver for the Saints.
Drew Brees isn't getting any younger, and at age 35, it's time the Saints draft someone that can eventually take over for Brees. Aaron Murray, despite some injury concerns, is one of the more promising quarterback prospects in the draft, and depending on who you ask, may be considered one of the top four quarterbacks in the class. Murray would be a very wise investment for the Saints on the second day of the NFL draft.
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