2014 NFL Draft: Updating the New Orleans Saints’ 5 Biggest Needs

Updating the New Orleans Saints' 5 Biggest Needs

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In the 2013-14 NFL season, the New Orleans Saints again returned to greatness with the return of head coach Sean Payton. That said, the Saints absolutely must nail it in this year's draft if they really want to take the next step and make it back to the Super Bowl. Ladies and gentlemen, the New Orleans Saints' five biggest draft needs.

5. Center

Drew Brees lines up behind center Brian De La Puente
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5. Center

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The Saints lost starting center Brian De La Puente in free agency, effectively opening up a big hole in the middle of their offensive line. There are several starting-quality centers in this year’s draft class, and the Saints would be wise to target one.

4. Outside Linebacker

Junior Galette

4. Outside Linebacker

Junior Galette

Kyle Knox isn’t the answer at outside linebacker for the Saints, and the team needs to find somebody that can fit their needs at the position. New Orleans would be wise to make the outside linebacker a priority in the draft’s middle rounds.

3. Defensive End

Cameron Jordan
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3. Defensive End

CAMERON JORDAN
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On one side of the defensive line, Cameron Jordan has become a dominant force, and one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the league, however, the other side of the line is a different story. Akiem Hicks isn't really starter-quality, and with a draft class deep in defensive end talent, the Saints should target somebody to take over for Hicks.

2. Offensive Tackle

Terron Armstead
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2. Offensive Tackle

Terron Armstead
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Last season, the left tackle spot was a problem all season long for the Saints. That said, youngster Terron Armstead does have promise at the position, however, the Saints still need depth behind him, and that’s why the offensive tackle position should be a priority.

1. Wide Receiver

Kenny Stills
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1. Wide Receiver

Kenny Stills
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Kenny Stills was surprising as a rookie last season, however, he is better suited as a third receiver. With that in mind, this year’s class is extremely deep in receiver talent, and the Saints shouldn’t hesitate to bring in another receiver and push Stills back into his role as an explosive third receiver.


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