In this week’s mailbag, we look at which unit will lead the Saints in 2014 and who would be best to grace the stage at WrestleMania.
1.) In light of the recent roster moves, what will be the strength of the Saints defense next year?
While the Saints’ defensive line, by far the top defensive group for the team in 2013, hasn’t lost a beat so far in the offseason, the Saints’ secondary will be the top squad in 2014. The only reductions from the secondary have been safety Roman Harper and cornerback Jabari Greer, both of which have been replaced. The organization brought in safety Jairus Byrd, who was arguably the top defensive player available after Greg Hardy got the Franchise Tag, future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey, Marcus Ball from the CFL, all while retaining Rafael Bush, who was the Saints’ highest graded safety in 2013 by PFF. It’s almost assured that the Saints will add a corner through the draft as well. The starting combination of Champ Bailey, Keenan Lewis, Jairus Byrd, and Kenny Vaccaro is deadly and will keep offensive coordinators and quarterbacks up at night for sure.
2.) Does anything that happened in the past week change how the Saints will draft?
The only position that I feel the Saints absolutely don’t have to worry about in the draft now is safety. There is a tremendous amount of depth there and the oldest player at the position is Rafael Bush, who is 27. While the addition of Champ Bailey will provide a ton of veteran experience, cornerback still needs to be addressed through the draft. Champ will turn 36 this coming June and it remains yet to be seen how he will bounce back from an injury that kept him on the sidelines for most of the 2013 season. With all of that said, though, the Saints don’t necessarily have to draft a corner in the first round any more.
3.) WrestleMania just finished up in New Orleans, which Saints player would make the best Pro Wrestler? (WWE, not singlets)
The New Orleans Saints held a poll just a few days prior to WrestleMania asking which Saints player would serve best as a professional wrestler. According to those that voted it should be Jimmy Graham. The Saints media guys then photo shopped Jimmy’s head on the body of a WWE wrestler, and the picture actually looked pretty convincing. It’s hard to argue with him as the selection because of his body size and the physical shape that he’s in.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 6, 2014