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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Saints morning report: Kiper’s draft needs

By Mike Triplett

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.

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