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CB Keenan Lewis
Unless the Saints end up signing Nnamdi Asomugha—and even then it’s still possible—Keenan Lewis will open the 2013 season as the Saints’ No. 1 corner. He fits Ryan’s scheme perfectly.
For a more in-depth evaluation of Lewis, click here.
S Malcolm Jenkins
Jenkins had a disappointing season in 2012. Again, so did nearly every member of the 2012 team—especially on defense.
With potentially two very solid man-to-man corners mirroring opposing wide receivers, Jenkins will be free to roam and attempt to make plays. Also look for Jenkins to be used more in nickel situations in the slot and on slot blitzes.
S Roman Harper
If the Saints were going to cut Harper, they likely would have done it by now. He will be on the team in 2012 and will start opposite Jenkins. In fact, Harper will likely regain some of the statistical success he had under Gregg Williams, since he’ll be used in almost the same way.
In other words, he’ll be an effective player against the run and be used to blitz the quarterback quite often.
CB Patrick Robinson
P-Rob is one of the more underrated players on the Saints defense, apparently even by the team itself. As the team has flirted with Nnamdi Asomugha and brought in Keenan Lewis, it has shown it is not content with Robinson as the No. 1 corner and maybe not even as a starter.
Still, the Saints will not be able to rid themselves of Robinson that easily. Whether the team and fans like it, Robinson will not only play regularly but start once again in 2013. No matter what you have against Robinson, you must admit he is the best playmaker of the Saints’ corners.
That should keep him in the lineup for a while.
Nickel Corey White
As a rookie, Corey White was fairly impressive. Sure, he was burned on occasion but not more often than anyone else in the secondary.
He showed a willingness to hit somebody and a physical mentality on the whole. It is likely that he and Lewis will hit it off this offseason and make for one of the more physically intimidating secondaries in the league.
If the team were to add Desmond Trufant from Washington to this duo (omitting Robinson), it would then have the most physical trio of corners in the league. It would scare the bejeezus out of opposing receivers.
And that would be a good thing.