Draft possibilities: The Saints actually have a good deal of depth at the cornerback spot. But they’re littered with question marks: How much does newly-signed veteran Bailey have left in the tank? Can former first-rounder Robinson bounce back after struggling in 2012 and missing all of 2013 with a knee injury? Can White continue to develop after showing some highs and lows as a part-time starter last year?
Even if the Saints are confident in those veteran players, there's still a strong chance they will draft a cornerback high this year -- possibly as early as Round 1 -- since they need to develop some young talent at the vital position.
New Orleans would probably have to trade up to get one of the top three cornerbacks in this year’s class (Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller). If the Saints stay put at No. 27, they might be able to land small-but-physical TCU cornerback Jason Verrett, whom I have projected to the Saints if they don’t trade up.
They could also consider Ohio State’s athletic Bradley Roby or Nebraska’s physical Stan Jean-Baptiste in Round 1. Or they could wait until Round 2 or later. Among the most intriguing prospects in that range is a small-school guy -- Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir.