The last time the Saints finished a season with a losing record was 2007. Sure, picking in the top half of the draft will be nice, but finding ways to pile wins on in 2013 won’t be easy, and welcoming back head coach Sean Payton from his suspension will only account for some, not all the needed victories.
Speaking of suspensions, because of Bountygate, New Orleans dealt with players and coaches being gone and lost its second-round draft pick this year. That won’t help at all.
The Saints announced in January they were moving to a 3-4 defensive scheme in 2013. A change like that is going to require a major overhaul. The draft for the next few years will be massively important to the change on defense.