It's sounding like Sean Payton won't be around next year, and he could take Drew Brees with him. It's a shame that New Orleans could part ways with Brees after all he's done for the city and organization, but the truth of the matter is, he'll be a 37-year-old due $19.75 million in a contract season.
If the Saints bring in a totally new regime, they may want their own guy, and the only first-round quarterback remaining is Connor Cook. The Michigan State product has some accuracy and consistency issues that NFL teams are legitimately worried about, but once again, teams will reach for quarterbacks, so he should end up being a top-15 selection.
Rd. 2, Pk. 14
Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
If the Saints draft a new quarterback, they'll have to upgrade the offensive line for sure, as chances are that this new signal-caller won't be able to release the ball as quickly as Drew Brees. The guard position needs to be overhauled.
Rd. 3, Pk. 13
Desmond King, CB, Iowa
The Saints have to bolster their secondary. They need to do everything in their power to get Brandon Browner off the field.
The Saints could use a difference-maker at the point of attack to go with Cam Jordan. Here's an impact defender to stuff runs and collapse the pocket.
In 2015, Robinson has 34 tackles with seven for a loss and three sacks. He is a stout defender at the point of attack who can get after the quarterback. The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder recorded 49 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes batted in his sophomore season. In 2013 as a freshman, he was too good to keep on the sideline. Robinson was an impressive defender for the Crimson Tide with 38 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. He's quick for his size and very strong. Robinson could be the best defensive lineman Alabama has produced since Marcel Dareus.
Pick change; previously Leonard Floyd, OLB
Rd. 2, Pk. 9
Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
The Saints grab their long-term replacement for Jimmy Graham.
Henry has 37 receptions for 490 yards and a touchdown in 2015. He has done a nice job as a blocker and receiver for the Razorbacks, but they don't use him enough in the passing attack. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder is a well-rounded tight end who produced well last year, too. He was a good blocker for the Razorbacks' ground game while contributing 37 receptions for 513 yards and two scores. Henry had 28 receptions for 409 yards and four scores as a freshman.
Rd. 3, Pk. 9
William Jackson, CB, Houston
The Saints continue to try to fix their porous secondary.
Jackson has 25 tackles, three interceptions and 14 passes broken up thus far in 2015. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder has excellent height and length, but also has a tall, lanky frame that he needs to fill out for the NFL.
Over the past two seasons, Jackson has been a steady defender for Houston. He recorded two interceptions, 37 tackles and 10 passes broken up in 2014. The previous year, he had one pick, 35 tackles and seven passes batted.
Nkemdiche was a highly touted HS recruit and has the traits you look for but hasn't necessarily had the production. The Saints get a potential stud for their D that they can move along the front in pass rushing situations
I don’t think that Kikaha is what teams want in a starting edge rusher. Leonard Floyd is not only an immediate upgrade, but he very well might be the best 3-4 rush linebacker in college football right now, only making him even more valuable to the Saints.