New Orleans Saints 2009 Draft Evaluation

Alex RodriguezCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 16:  Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 16, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Saints defeated the Chiefs 30-20.  (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

We are less than two weeks away from the NFL 2009 Draft. The New Orleans Saints are entering the draft with many needs to address but lack draft picks. The Saints only have four picks in the 2009 draft.

The draft picks the Saints have are a first, two fourth rounders , and a sixth-round draft pick.

The Saints lost picks in the this draft due to trades for players like Jonathan Vilma and Jeremy Shockey. Although I must say, Vilma has already proved to be worth  his third-round pick. Many would argue and say he was a definite steal.

Jeremy Shockey missed some of the season due to injury and needs to prove in 2009 he was worth the second and fifth-round picks we gave up to acquire him .

New Orleans has many positions that need to be addressed, mainly on the defensive side of the ball.

Here are the positions of need and I will list them in order from what I believe are the biggest needs. I will evaluate why the Saints should address all of these problems. The needs are cornerback, safety, linebacker, offensive line, defensive end  and running back —mainly a thumper back.

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The Saints secondary constantly has given up the big plays. The 23rd ranked pass defense could use help at both the safety and the cornerback position.

The Saints have tried to address the need for a cornerback with the addition of Jabari Greer, but have released our most consisitent cornerback in Mike McKenzie, which could be a sign that the Saints might go after a No. 1 corner in the draft.

The Saints brought veteran safety Darren Sharper to help bring some experience to the Saints secondary. The former Minnesota Viking is currently leads the league in career interceptions.

Although Sharper is an upgrade, we might not have him playing back there for a long time due to his age.

Possible Pick- Malcolm Jenkins

In 2009 the Saints defense only recorded 28 sacks. Many would argue that our old scheme was the reason for that, and new defensive coordinator Greg Williams could possibly get that number up but there are ways we can help him. The Saints could use a pass rushing OLB could be of interest here .

Possible Pick- Brian Cushing

Also, with the possible suspensions with the overpaid and underachieving defensive ends for four games, the Saints could very well go after a young defensive end.

If the Saints were to go after a defensive end it could bring some insurance to the position if they were to start right away. Remember Charles Grant and Will Smith both only recorded six sacks combined.

Possible Pick- Everette Brown

The Saints have only given up 13 sacks. That sounds pretty impressive for a team who passes the ball so much, but if you go and watch the film you will see that it is truly Drew Brees's smart decisions and quick releases.

The Saints are in dying need of a center or a guard. Not just to boost up the pass blocking, but an interior linemen could help the Saints run game. Picking a center with the 14th overall pick is a big reach, so trading down should be in consideration .

Possible Pick- Alex Mack

The New Orleans Saints  had troubles closing games. The truth is if the Saints were able to run the ball when we had leads, it would very well help our defense and not just the offense.

With a thumper back like Chris Wells in the backfield, the Saints could kill time and put longer drives together so Brees does not have to pass the ball in those tight zones on third and shorts.

It would give the Saints more time with the ball and it would make the play-action passes alot more effective. And you know the Saints love those play-actions passes .

Possible Pick- Chris Wells

There are other options for the Saints. Here is what I believe the New Orleans Saints should do in the 2009 draft.

The Saints should call over to the New England Patriots who hold three second-round draft picks.

Offer them our first, a fourth, and a third-round pick from next year's draft for all three of their second-round draft picks.

Let's be honest, all great defensive players aren't all drafted in the first round and it has been proven that players who ride the bench their rookie season are a lot better later on in their career.

I would like to know what you guys believe the Saints should do.