New Orleans Saints: Top 22 Players to Target in Free Agency and the Draft

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New Orleans Saints: Top 22 Players to Target in Free Agency and the Draft
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One of the beautiful things about being a great team like the New Orleans Saints is that the NFL Draft becomes a supplement to free agency—unlike the crucial event that it is for many franchises.

As such, the New Orleans Saints can wait to come up with a draft strategy until after the bulk of their free agency targets have been signed—either by them or another team.

Obviously the Saints’ main priorities this offseason are to re-sign Drew Brees, Marques Colston and Carl Nicks. And decisions must be made on Tracy Porter and Robert Meachem to name the most high-profile Saints.

But that doesn’t eliminate the necessity to survey the free agent market in hopes of finding a potential free agent gem—something the Saints have done very well under Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton. In addition, the later rounds of the draft and even the free agency period immediately after have served as abundant talent pools for the New Orleans Saints.

Expect the Saints organization to have quite the busy offseason in 2012—aiming to keep key veterans and add enough young talent to get better in the future. Here are 22 guys the Saints should target this offseason—11 of whom are already Saints and thus paired together into four categories, essentially making up four persons instead of 11. They make up half of the entire list. 

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