By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on April 16, 2014
Every football team has needs and the draft is the place to go to fill those holes and deepen those rosters. The New Orleans Saints have a few smudges that could use some polishing. But overall, flaws are limited in the Big Easy. Still, let's take a look at 5 names Saints fans need to know heading into the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Saints hosted several defensive backs today, including Nebraska's Jean-Baptiste. The second-team All-Big 10 corner stands at 6-foot-3 and has the ability to jump routes and make the big play. Champ Bailey's health is unpredictable, so the Saints could use another CB in their roster. Jean-Baptiste's size and physicality would be a nice fit opposite Keenan Lewis and he may even fall to the third round.
After parting ways with center Brian de la Puente, the Saints are in the market to replace him. Stork, who also made a visit to New Orleans, has excellent size that helped lead Florida State to a national title. However, he is projected to go towards the end of the draft. Well, the Saints are known for finding those third day steals (Jahri Evans, Marques Colston, etc.). It is very possible that the Saints will target him in the later rounds.
Saints fans already know who this guy is. Landry was half of the nation's top receiving duo in 2013 at LSU; he pulled in 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 scores. Saints officials visited LSU's pro day last week and later went on to have dinner with Landry and his counterpart, Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham likely won't fall to the Saints, but they are indeed after a receiver. Jarvis Landry could be their guy in the second or third round.
Rob Ryan's defense in New Orleans is all about the pass rush. So why not install another guy to deposit more pressure on opposing quarterbacks? Ealy stands at 6-foot-4 and is quite explosive off the snap. A first-team All-SEC selection after starting all 14 games (including postseason) in 2013, he racked up 43 tackles (14 for loss), nine sacks, three forced fumbles and an INT return for a touchdown.
New Orleans could use another guy to battle with David Hawthorne for the spot alongside Curtis Lofton, especially after the release of Jonathan Vilma. The 2013 Butkus Award winner at Alabama, Mosley has the leadership and athleticism to excel at the next level. With the threatening safety duo of Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro, Mosley would be a beautiful complement to the middle of the field. The Saints may target him with the 27th pick.
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