Saints morning report: Kiper’s draft needs

April, 22, 2014
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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. broke down the top four or five needs for every NFL team heading into the draft.

Kiper has a good feel for the Saints’ needs. He listed cornerback and receiver as his top two. I would reverse the order, but I agree with his thinking. As he pointed out, even though the Saints signed future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey to compete for the No. 2 cornerback job, they still need to develop more young talent at the position.

That’s really the case for all of the Saints’ draft needs. They’ve got a veteran penciled in at just about every starting position. So there’s nowhere that they should feel forced to reach for any specific position.

But there are several areas where they could use an influx of young talent to rotate into the mix right away and develop into future starters. Chief among them are receiver, cornerback, the entire offensive line, inside linebacker and outside linebacker.

I’ll break down each position in a more in-depth series leading up to the draft.

Worth a click:
  • Second-year Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt. Among the topics he discussed, he said Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette is “hands down” the best NFL player he’s faced so far, in part because of his “unorthodox style.” Saints right tackle Zach Strief talked to me about the same thing last year, saying Galette’s style makes him unpredictable.
  • The Advocate’s Ramon Antonio Vargas caught up with Saints receiver Robert Meachem after he signed his new deal with the team. Meachem talked about the pride he takes in his blocking – and why it helps him wear down defensive backs. Meachem’s blocking has long been his most underrated skill set – and it’s a key reason the Saints keep bringing him back. His 20-plus yards per catch last season didn’t hurt either.
  • CST’s Mike Nabors caught up with Saints receiver Marques Colston in this video interview. Pretty much everything about Colston has been underrated on a national level during his eight-year career.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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