The New Orleans Saints wrapped up the 2013 season with an 11-5 record and a playoff victory. A big reason for the team's return to the postseason was that its defense was vastly improved over that of 2012.
With the emergence of first-round picks Cameron Jordan and Kenny Vaccaro, among others, the defense went from 31st in points allowed to fourth. Combine that with the team's usual high-power offense led by Drew Brees and you have a good team foundation.
That does not mean there aren't areas to improve. Lance Moore's departure leaves a hole at wide receiver that the Saints may want to fill with their first-round pick, and they need an everyday starter next to Keenan Lewis at cornerback. (Even if Champ Bailey pans out, they still need a future starter.) Adding an extra pass-rusher and some offensive line depth wouldn't hurt either.
With the draft hours away, players that the Saints could take with the 27th overall pick vary, and by picking so late there's no way of knowing who may be available.
Here are five players who are likely targets. And we'll evaluate their stock heading into the draft.