2011 NFL Draft: What Do the Saints Need to Get Them Back to the Super Bowl?
The 2011 NFL Draft is fast approaching, but is there a player available that can help get the Saints back to prominence?
Coming off a Super Bowl season, expectations were sky high for the Saints in 2010. But after an average regular season, the Saints were bounced in their first playoff game against a below .500 Seattle Seahawks team.
Now, heading into next season, Drew Brees and co. need to make some improvements. One area that this team has to get better in, is their pass rush. Alex Brown had an off year, and might be on his way out of town soon, if his play doesn't improve.
ESPN's Todd McShay has the Saints choosing Adrian Clayborn in his latest mock draft.
"Clayborn is a powerful, effective pass-rusher who could fall this far because of the depth of the defensive end class and concerns about a nerve condition that could limit the range of motion in his right arm, but New Orleans would be more than happy to take him here."
If Clayborn is available at this point, this would be a huge steal. The defensive end is a guy who has moved all around draft boards in the past couple of weeks. Some have him going as high as No. 10, while others have him at the bottom of the first round.
However, if Clayborn is available, the Saints would be foolish to not make him their pick. He is another one of those non-stop motor guys who has made terrorizing Big Ten quarterbacks his forte over the past three years at Iowa.
Fox Sports' Peter Schrager thinks the Saints will go with Cory Liuget in his mock draft.
Another Big Ten guy here, but the truth is that Liuget is nowhere as talented as Clayborn. Even Ryan Kerrigan is a better pick than Liuget at this point in the draft.
The Saints have to compete with the Falcons every year for that division title. Grabbing a guy like Clayborn, would give them a player that could give Matt Ryan fits.
To see who else I picked, check out My Complete First Round Mock Draft.
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