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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sneak peek at the Saints' draft

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

We'll have the Saints' portion of our On the Clock series on Thursday, but I just did a preview over on ESPNews.

Along with ESPN draft guru Todd McShay, I talked about what the Saints will do with the 14th overall pick in this year's draft. That's really the only pick that matters for the Saints this year because they currently hold only four picks and their second doesn't come until the fourth round.

McShay and I are in agreement that the two logical choices here are defensive back Malcolm Jenkins and running back Beanie Wells. I can see this going either way. But, if I had to make the call right now, I'd go with Jenkins.

Even with all the free-agent signings (Darren Sharper, Jabari Greer, etc.) that the Saints have made on defense, I think they still have to stay on that side of the ball. Defense is the reason the Saints missed the playoffs last season and it's why Gregg Williams was brought in as the new defensive coordinator.

I think Williams is going to have a lot of power when the Saints are on the clock on draft day and I think the Saints will hand him another defensive player. Jenkins would be a perfect fit because he can play cornerback and safety and has a nose for the ball.

Yes, the Saints need a power runner to go with Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. But they can get a guy like that in the fourth round or they might already have the answer on their roster. They brought in Mike Bell late last season and he showed signs of being able to be an effective power runner during his Denver days.