On the Clock: New Orleans Saints (#14 Overall)

Needs: S, CB, OLB, DE

   Despite having one of the most electrfying offenses of their own in the league, the Saints have a hard time stopping anyone elses offense. The secondary is the area the Saints are going to want to target throughout the draft, especially in the first round. The Saints pass defense ranked 23rd in the league last season and gave up 21 touchdowns through the air.

Choice #1: Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Ohio State

   The talent in the secondary in this draft is not very deep. Jenkins is the best corner avalible and the Saints need talent at this position. Jenkins is experienced and is cut from good cloth out of Ohio State. Like all cornerbacks, there is a steep learning curve when entering the NFL, so Jenkins could take a year or two to develop. In addition to the draft, the Saints should look to improve their defense through free agency. With an improved defense, the Saints are a Super Bowl calibur team.

Choice #2: Clay Matthews, OLB, USC

   Matthews is a bit of a reach at the 14 spot, but is the next best talent at linebacker. The Saints already have Jonathan Vilma and Scott Fujita at linebacker, adding Matthews would complete a trifecta of talent. Matthews, despite playing with other potential first rounders Maualuga and Brian Cushing, recorded 54 tackles and 4 sacks. Matthews has an NFL ready frame at 6 foot 3 and 230 pounds, but has really only started in one season at USC, which could hurt his draft day value.


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