Bank On The Tank
Dec 21, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackles Corey Peters (91) and Tyson Jackson (99) during the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Prior to the win against the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Sunday, the Saints were sitting within the top ten picks in the draft at ninth overall.
But following that they jumped to eleventh overall which still isn’t a bad spot to be at in the upcoming draft unless you’re looking for a specific player.
For the Saints it’s painfully obvious that their front seven on defense is just not getting the job done and an area that is a huge question mark is at linebacker especially on the weakside.
Veteran Dannell Ellerbe is the clear starter but unfortunately he can’t stay healthy, only appearing in six games so far which leaves players like Ramon Humber, Michael Mauti, and James Anderson to start instead.
Let’s be brutally honest…those are guys that you want on special teams and not being your starting linebacker.
Sep 5, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Tyrone Swoopes (18) is tackled by Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) in the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith is someone who could likely come in and make a difference immediately within the linebacking corps and help elevate the performance of players like linebacker Stephone Anthony.
Smith is the top, no brainer linebacking choice for the Saints with only one issue…he’ll likely not make it out of the top ten picks.
With a Saints loss to the on Sunday it could secure them a spot in that range and give them the ability to move up a spot or two if they so desire.
Yes other options are there also at the position like UCLA’s Myles Jack but the only concern there would be the meniscus injury he suffered during a non-contact drill in September of this year.
September 5, 2015; Pasadena, CA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers running back Olamide Zaccheaus (33) runs the ball against the defense of UCLA Bruins linebacker Myles Jack (30) during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jack decided to leave the team in order to focus on his rehabilitation so he could be completely healthy and ready for the draft.
While some consider Myles a first round talent even with missing the entire season, I’m just wary of adding to an already injury riddled spot although admittedly we haven’t seen how much his knee rehabilitation has progressed.
But on the flip side of the coin a better draft spot is something that comes secondary for Saints fans because they are living by another mantra for the end of the 2015 season.
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