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Monday, May 5, 2014
Ranking Saints draft needs: No. 6 OT

By Mike Triplett

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

Current depth chart:

Zach Strief, signed through 2018

Terron Armstead, signed through 2016

Bryce Harris, scheduled to become restricted free agent in 2015

Marcel Jones, scheduled to become restricted free agent in 2017

Ty Nsekhe, signed through 2015

Draft possibilities: We've now reached the point on this list where I wouldn't be surprised to see the Saints use their first-round pick on any of these top six positions.

The Saints don’t have an urgent need here since they're high on left tackle Armstead's potential and they just re-signed right tackle Strief to a five-year deal as a free agent. Plus, Harris and Jones give them backup options with potential. However, this position is important enough that the Saints won't ignore talent if they have their highest grade on a tackle prospect at any point.

Virginia's Morgan Moses and Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio are two prospects expected to be drafted in the late-first or early-second rounds. I'd call them long shots to land in New Orleans -- but not stunners.

Previous entries:

No. 12 Kicker/punter

No. 11 Quarterback

No. 10 Running back

No. 9 Safety

No. 8 Defensive line

No. 7 Tight end