- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Now, that the NFL draft is over, let’s have some fun. Let’s start looking ahead to next season with team-by-team looks at what I project as the opening day lineups for each of the four NFC South teams.
Let’s start with the New Orleans Saints, who might not have any rookies open the season as starters because they didn’t have a draft pick until the third round. Also, let’s keep in mind that the Saints could be dealing with some suspensions from their bounty program. We won’t speculate on possible suspensions. We’ll just go with the depth chart as I see it now and I’ll throw in comments where there could be competition.
QB Drew Brees (assuming his contract situation gets straightened out)
FB Jed Collins
TE Jimmy Graham
LG Ben Grubbs
RG Jahri Evans
RT Zach Strief
DE Will Smith
LB Jonathan Vilma (it remains to be seen if Vilma or Lofton will play in the middle)
LB Scott Shanle
CB Jabari Greer
SS Roman Harper