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This season, we've witnessed the many flaws the Saints have, but the biggest weakest link is their defense. Despite signs of major improvements as of late, this team needs to drastically improve its defensive unit.
It will be difficult to sign any big names out of free agency, and it will be difficult, or just wouldn't make any sense, to re-sign some of their own players. With the cap, they don't have much wiggle space.
So, who do the Saints look for in the draft? An offensive lineman? A defensive end? A cornerback? The 2013 NFL draft is deep with defensive players, so is it wise to spend a first-round pick on yet another DE?
How about a cornerback? The Saints secondary has been getting burned almost every game this season. It could be due to lack of a strong pass-rush that gives opposing quarterbacks a lot of time to pick apart their secondary. Either way, it has to be addressed.
Defensive end Will Smith will be a salary cap casualty, so he'll be gone after this season. Another end that becomes a free agent is Junior Galette, and he must be re-signed. So, yes, the Saints would be wise to pick up a DE in the draft, but not so early.
I believe Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks would be a good pick for the Saints in the first round. Banks would improve the Saints secondary with his size and coverage skills.