New Orleans Saints Day 1 2014 NFL Draft Primer

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New Orleans Saints Day 1 2014 NFL Draft Primer
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The first round of the NFL draft is the only one in which an owner such as Tom Benson is paying much attention. In today’s NFL, first round picks are rewarded handsomely, but not to the extent they were even five years ago.

Still, a first-round player represents the hopes and dreams of the franchise’s future. That’s what gets owners excited, not the day-to-day grind of developing players most people have never heard anything about.

In 2014, the first round represents the future as much for New Orleans as any first-round selection has in the Sean Payton era. The Saints have no significant needs. All needs are depth or for competition at a spot.

But if the Saints had zero draft picks this year, there would still be no reason to think the 2014 team would not make the playoffs. That’s the beauty of this draft for Benson, Mickey Loomis, Payton and the fans of the New Orleans Saints.

Still, a receiver, pass-rusher or corner would not be a horrific first-round selection. At each spot that player could probably compete for playing time in 2014, assuming he’s the right guy.

Most analysts are in agreement that the Saints must also address the center position in this draft. And there are a handful of other positions where increased depth would be nice.

But the Saints are lucky that need is more like want this year.

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