As free agency has commenced in the NFL, teams are rapidly filling holes in their roster and replacing players who have already signed with other teams. Already the New Orleans Saints have lost two key offensive players off their roster from last season—with Carl Nicks going to Tampa and Robert Meachem to San Diego.
Of course New Orleans was quick to replace Nicks by signing Ravens’ guard Ben Grubbs to a five-year deal Thursday. And earlier this offseason, the Saints re-signed WR Adrian Arrington. It appears the Saints will be okay with the players they have in these two key spots.
But with a limited amount of cap space available and few defensive players to really get excited about, the New Orleans Saints seem likely to fill their defensive holes through the draft rather than overspending in free agency.
Assuming that is true, here are the best-case scenarios for each round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The worst-case scenarios will also be represented alongside each one.