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Prioritizing key for N.O.


Prioritizing key for N.O.
In a perfect world, the Saints would come out of this year's draft with a ball-hawk safety, a pass-rushing linebacker, a power-running tailback, some developmental talent at center and defensive tackle and a few more quot;best available playersquot; sprinkled in.


Of course, that will be awfully hard to do with just four picks in this year's draft -- the No. 14 overall pick, two fourth-rounders and a seventh-rounder Sunday.

We broke down the Saints' current depth chart, ranked in order of their most pressing needs, along with 16 prospects who could wind up in New Orleans:

--- 1. Safety (high priority) ---

Current depth chart: Darren Sharper, Roman Harper, Chris Reis, Pierson Prioleau, Usama Young (CB/S)

Possible first-round targets: Malcolm Jenkins (CB/S) Ohio State

--- 2. Outside linebacker (high) ---

Current depth chart: Scott Fujita, Scott Shanle, Dan Morgan, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Troy Evans, Anthony Waters

Possible first-round targets: Clay Matthews, USC; Brian Cushing, USC; Aaron Maybin (DE/OLB), Penn State; Everette Brown (DE/OLB), Florida State; Larry English (DE/OLB), Northern Illinois

--- 3. Running back (medium) ---

Current depth chart: Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell, Lynell Hamilton

Possible first-round targets: Knowshon Moreno, Georgia; Chris Wells, Ohio State

--- 4. Defensive tackle (medium) ---

Current depth chart: Sedrick Ellis, Kendrick Clancy, Hollis Thomas, Brian Young, DeMario Pressley, Roderick Coleman, Remi Ayodele

Possible first-round targets: B.J. Raji, Boston College; Peria Jerry, Mississippi

--- 5. Cornerback (medium) ---

Current depth chart: Tracy Porter, Jabari Greer, Randall Gay, Usama Young (CB/S), Leigh Torrence, Jason David

Possible first-round targets: Jenkins; Vontae Davis, Illinois; Darius Butler, Connecticut

--- 6. Center (medium) ---

Current depth chart: Jonathan Goodwin, Nick Leckey

Possible first-round targets: None

--- 7. Defensive end (medium) ---

Current depth chart: Will Smith, Charles Grant, Bobby McCray, Paul Spicer, Jeff Charleston, Rob Ninkovich, Josh Savage

Possible first-round targets: Maybin, Brown, English, Tyson Jackson, LSU; Robert Ayers, Tennessee

--- 8. Guard (medium) ---

Current depth chart: Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks, Jamar Nesbit, Tim Duckworth

Possible first-round targets: None

--- 9. Offensive tackle (low) ---

Current depth chart: Jammal Brown, Jon Stinchcomb, Zach Strief, Jermon Bushrod

Possible first-round targets: Michael Oher, Mississippi

--- 10. Receiver (low) ---

Current depth chart: Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, Adrian Arrington, Courtney Roby, Skyler Green, Biren Ealy

Possible first-round targets: None

--- 11. Middle linebacker (low) ---

Current depth chart: Jonathan Vilma, Mark Simoneau, Marvin Mitchell

Possible first-round targets: Rey Maualuga, USC

--- 12. Tight end (low) ---

Current depth chart: Jeremy Shockey, Billy Miller, Dan Campbell, Darnell Dinkins, Buck Ortega, Kolo Kapanui

Possible first-round targets: None

--- 13. Quarterback (low) ---

Current depth chart: Drew Brees, Mark Brunell, Joey Harrington

Possible first-round targets: None

--- 14. Fullback (low) ---

Current depth chart: Heath Evans, Darian Barnes, Olaniyi Sobomehin

Possible first-round targets: None

--- 15. Specialists ---

Priority level: Low

Current depth chart: K Garrett Hartley; P Glenn Pakulak; LS Kevin Houser; KR Roby, Green; PR Bush, Moore

Possible first-round targets: None



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 25, 2009

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