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2010 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Team Needs

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 02:  Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints speaks to members of the media during Super Bowl XLIV Media Day at Sun Life Stadium on February 2, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Zack NallyCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2010

With the Saints on their way to their very first Super Bowl berth, it's difficult to think about where they could improve, but the fact remains that every team has needs and the Saints are not exempt.

Head coach Sean Payton and his staff have done an excellent job at assembling a world-class roster that competes at a higher level than most. Bringing in Jeremy Shockey, Jonathan Vilma, and Darren Sharper over recent years have elevated the team to a level where their legitimacy is no longer questionable. 

Really, the only improvements to be made are at depth and a few soft spots on defense. With potentially the last pick in the draft and stacked limitations in free agency, it's unclear as to whether or not they will be able to make any noise in March and April, but it's not as if they really need it, either.


Biggest Needs: C, OG, FB

As I said before, New Orleans starters are set and they aren't going anywhere. Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas are set to be free agents, but expect the Saints to quickly sign at least one of them back in March. 

At center, Johnathan Goodwin is an adequate veteran whose snapping skills have kept Brees out of trouble so far. Age is always a concern for offensive lineman so look for the Saints to seek out young talent in the draft to groom as replacements. 

The same goes for the offensive guard positions. Jahri Evans is slated to become a free agent at the year's end and it's unclear whether or not ownership will be willing to pay the top dollars the young guard will undoubtedly call for. 

There is a slew of talent at the lineman positions in this year's class of rookies. Among them, John Asamoah out of Illinois and Hawaii's John Estes will be on the Saints short list of potential draftees. 

To see the rest of the Saints' needs, go here.

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