Ruling could prompt Saints to draft DE

Here’s another reason the New Orleans Saints could target a defensive end with the No. 24 overall pick in tonight’s draft.

A court ruling in Minnesota on Thursday could clear the way for New Orleans defensive end Will Smith to serve a four-game suspension for reportedly using a banned dietary substance. The reports on that first surfaced when the Saints were in London for a game during the 2008 season. Former New Orleans defensive end Charles Grant also was reportedly facing a suspension for the same reason and so were two members of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Minnesota players challenged the ruling in court and the league has held off on any suspensions from this episode until it’s legally resolved. But this latest move might prompt the league to go ahead with the suspensions.