SEAN PAYTON: SAINTS WILL FOCUS ON BOLSTERING DEFENSE IN DRAFT - Every team feels pressure during the NFL draft, but the New Orleans Saints are probably feeling it a little more than others.
After a wild season filled with allegations of a ‘bounty’ program, the Saints are looking to change things up and return to the success they had just a few seasons ago. One of the biggest changes being implemented is on the defensive side, where the team is switching to a 3-4 scheme under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Because of this, they need help are virtually every position. This means that they will primarily draft players based on need, and not talent. This is a dangerous tactic because if you need, lets say a DE and there are no quality players you like until the next round, you either take them early or trade down, causing you to possibly miss on a great player.
"Certainly we’re looking closely at our defense, and that would be a priority," Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday on WWL radio in New Orleans, according to SportsRadioInterviews.com. ”I would say this: When you start getting into that selection and you see magnets both offensively and defensively that are close to each other on the grade line, it’s easy then - if you feel real close about the players — to go with one side of the ball or the other.”
"The challenge is when you see the magnet that sits up there much higher than the defensive player," Payton said, "for instance, and then are you just strictly trying to draft a need player as opposed to maybe the best available player. And I think the key is just, what’s the gap?
"And so when a player falls or you feel like you have a real high grade on a player, you have to pay attention to that."
The Saints are without a doubt one of the more intriguing teams to watch during this year’s draft. (Photo via Zimbio.com)
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