Much of what happens during the free agency period will determine what the Saints will do in the draft.
New Orleans has a good amount of key players that will enter the free-agent market this offseason, and the Saints could be in real trouble if they are unable to re-sign some of their guys.
The Saints are without a first-round pick in 2012, thanks to the trade for Mark Ingram during last year's draft. That leaves the Saints with limited options in the draft and makes bringing back their own guys even more important.
However, the good thing about Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton, Drew Brees and the rest of the Saints is that they are very good at developing late-round talent into NFL starters.
Just ask Marques Colston, Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks, Lance Moore, Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and some of the other Saints players what round they were drafted in.
A lot of the Saints' starters were taken after the fifth round of the draft, or picked up as undrafted free agents.
The Saints know what to do with late round guys in order to make them stars in this league.
Let's take a look at five draft prospects that the Saints could turn into day one starters.