They finished out 2011 with a 13-3 regular season and went 1-1 in the playoffs. They had a successful campaign this year, and they will only get better in the offseason.
New Orleans has a good amount of key free agents again this offseason, but I believe that Mickey Loomis and company will be able to keep the guys that we truly need. The Saints will not let any player walk unless they feel that they can move on without them.
In recent years, players like Scott Fujita, Usama Young and Remi Ayodele have left for more money elsewhere, but the Saints recovered and honestly got better without them. It is not any different this season. Some key players may go, and some will stay, but either way the Saints will still be a competitor in 2012.
Arguably the most important part of the offseason is coming up in just a few months and that is the NFL Draft.
The Saints will mostly be filling depth on their roster in the draft, but we could see some key guys come onto the black and gold this year. Depending on what happens in free agency, we could see the Saints filling holes through the draft.
No matter what happens before the draft, there are some guys that the Saints undoubtedly need to take a look at. They will not get all of these players, but I could see the Saints landing anywhere from one to three of these players in the upcoming draft.
Let's take a look at six players the Saints should target in the 2012 NFL Draft.