Dec 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) and free safety Marcus Williams (43) celebrate following a win against the New York Jets at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Jets 31-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The 2017 draft class for the New Orleans Saints, put together by general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant general manager Jeff Ireland is one deserving of more than admirable mention. A class that showcased how one successful draft can seemingly turn around a franchise, the Saints’ 2017 draft selections featured four of PFF’s top 10 rookies – Alvin Kamara, Marshon Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyk and Marcus Williams.
Classifying their roster holes as ‘musts,’ ‘needs’ and ‘wants,’ the Saints addressed ‘musts’ last year while this year may be more of the same with some ‘needs’ or even ‘wants’ sprinkled in. Head coach Sean Payton has stated they may consider selecting a longterm replacement for quarterback Drew Brees, possibly even in the first round of the front-loaded 2018 NFL Draft class at quarterback.
New Orleans is without a second-round pick after trading up with the 49ers in order to select Kamara last year. A run-stopping, pass-rushing edge defender could be on the table for the Saints also in the earlier stages of the draft as the team ranked just 15th in run-defense grades…