By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on May 15, 2014
Between the 2014 NFL Draft and free agency, the New Orleans Saints have made an array of offseason transactions. But what about the ones that come after the draft? Let's take a look at five moves the Black and Gold must make before the season kicks off.
The Saints selected Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks in the first round. He is the fastest receiver in his draft class and can make an immediate impact in New Orleans' high-powered offense. After parting ways with Darren Sproles, the Saints should look to use Cooks in the backfield some. He can be used as a weapon in the screen game and as a decoy (like Reggie Bush). He did it in college, so why not in the pros? He's definitely quick enough.
Last season, Khiry Robinson definitely showed what he is capable of doing when handed the football. The 2013 undrafted rookie from West Texas A&M should be expecting a heavier workload now that Darren Sproles is gone. His explosiveness and trucking ability make him look like the real deal. The Saints must find a way to get him the ball more in 2014. If they do, Robinson could be on the verge of a breakout campaign.
After losing Brian de la Puente to free agency, drafting a center was a top priority. However, the Saints failed to address their need at that position and should now commit to finding one before the season kicks off. Former Saint and Pro-Bowl center Jonathan Goodwin came in for a visit before the draft. Could he be their guy? Could newly signed G Mike Golic Jr (undrafted rookie in 2013) make a switch to a position that he is familiar with?
The debacle between the Saints and Jimmy Graham is like two children fighting over a piece of candy. Jimmy went and tattled to his mom (aka filed grievance) and made the matter worse. New Orleans needs to find a way to work something out with their Pro Bowl tight end as soon as possible. Other than Drew Brees, he is the Saints' best weapon. An offense without Jimmy would not be the same.
Word is, the only thing keeping Rob Ryan from getting a head coaching job is his long hair. Well, if that's the case, the Saints need to do everything in their power to keep a pair of scissors from going anywhere near that majestic mane of his. Between the bars and the food, I've never seen somebody fit so well into New Orleans. The man who completely turned around the defense may be in the Big Easy for a while.
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