<
>

Ranking Saints draft needs: No. 9 S

A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' draft needs, ranked in order of importance from 1-12:

Current depth chart:

Jairus Byrd, signed through 2019

Kenny Vaccaro, signed through 2016/2017 (option year)

Rafael Bush, signed through 2015

Marcus Ball, signed through 2016

Draft possibilities: The Saints could certainly make room for a safety if they have a highly-rated player on their board at any point during the draft. But I don’t expect it to be a top priority, and I’d be very surprised if they went this route in Round 1 or 2.

Byrd, Vaccaro and Bush should be entrenched as New Orleans’ top three safeties for at least the next two years, so a rookie would have a hard time cracking the rotation. The Saints do use a lot of three-safety sets, however, so they could certainly add depth in the middle rounds -- especially if a player could be an asset in special teams coverage.

Previous entries:

No. 12 Kicker/punter

No. 11 Quarterback

No. 10 Running back/fullback