Three and out: New Orleans Saints' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits
In the build-up to the 2018 draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a look at each NFL team's situation and needs.
New Orleans Saints
1. New Orleans' offense exploded last season behind the running game, but Coby Fleener simply hasn’t proven to be consistent or productive enough at tight end. The Saints signed Benjamin Watson, but adding a red zone threat would make the unit even more dangerous.
Advice: Penn State’s Mike Gesicki is one of the more athletic and explosive players in the entire draft and would be an excellent fit in coach Sean Payton’s offense. South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst and South Dakota State’s Dallas Goedert are also viable candidates at No. 27 in the first round.
2. DE Cam Jordan (13 sacks) is coming off of an all-pro season, but the Saints could still bolster their front seven, especially up the middle.
Advice: New Orleans might be best served to find a linemen who can slide inside and out. Florida’s Taven Bryan could be an option late in the first round, but he won’t be there when the team is on the clock again at No. 91 overall. Miami’s R.J. McIntosh and USC’s Rasheem Green, however, could be middle-round targets.
3. Though the Saints don’t necessarily have to rush on finding a quarterback, they do have to start preparing for life after Brees.
Advice: New Orleans is ready to contend for a title now, so filling immediate needs might be more of a priority. Without that second-round selection, the Saints might want to pick up an additional pick in the third or fourth round to target a passer like Washington State’s Luke Falk or Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta.
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