2007 New Orleans Saints Draft Preview
2007 New Orleans Saints draft preview page from Maddux Sports Handicappers. Scroll below for an individual team report on the 07 draft for the New Orleans Saints NFL football club. Included is some possible New Orleans Saints draft predictions. When 2007 regular season rolls around, revisit MadduxSports.com for expert NFL Picks from the best NFL sports handicappers.
Team Name: New Orleans Saints
Head Coach: Sean Payton
2006 NFL Record: (10-6) Lost to Chicago in Playoffs
2007 Draft Order: (27h Pick)
2006 First Round Draft Pick: Reggie Bush
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Position Needs for New Orleans
Cornerback: On paper the Saints pass defense wasn't a liability but Mike McKenzie and Fred Thomas are declining and receivers consistently broke loose for deep play opportunities against the New Orleans secondary. Shut down corner for the man to man schemes the Saints run would benefit defense tremendously.
Defensive Line: Stud defensive end Charles Grant still remains unsigned and if he is let go, kiss good-bye pressuring the quarterback. Even if he stays youth is needed. Hollis Thomas was resigned but off the field troubles kept him out of 4 games at the end of last season. Adding a stout run stuffer at the tackle position in the second round is probable.
Tight End: The often injured Ernie Conwell (only played 1 full season in the last 4 years) was released and backup Mark Campbell is not an offensive threat. Signed San Francisco's Eric Johnson was signed but is not the answer for Sean Paytons dynamic offense.
Draft Outlook for the New Orleans Saints
The Saints were the beneficiary of Houston's boneheaded move to pass on Reggie Bush and select Mario Williams in the 2006 NFL draft. This coupled with some good play, emotion from the previous seasons tragedy, sparked New Orleans into the conference championship game where they eventually lost to Chicago.
Look for the Saints to draft defensive players early and often in the 07 draft process. New Orleans should have a slew of corners to target including Aaron Ross from Texas, Chris Houston from Arkansas, and maybe even Darrelle Revis if he slips down.
In the second round DT Turk McBride from Tennessee, DE LaMarr Woodley from Michigan, and DT Paul Soliai from Utah are all possible candidates to help the line play.
For more coverage on the 2007 New Orleans Saints draft visit the NFL.com clubhouse page New Orleans Saints Team Page.