Scenario 1- Staying Put
With the 11th and 32nd pick of the 1st round due to the Brandin Cooks trade, according to National Insider for NFL.Com/ Network Ian Rapoport, “The Saints can rebuild with a couple of Patriots picks, expect them to use them on defense. That’s the focus going forward.”
In this scenario, I can see the Saints pick a defensive end to play next to Cameron Jordan at pick 11 like a Taco Charlton out of Michigan.
The 6’6″ 277-pound defensive end out of Michigan, Taco Charlton is a prototypical 4-3 defensive end. Charlton can fit well on that defensive line. While he did have most of his production in college in 2016, he showed flashes of potential. He did not have a lot of starting time in Michigan before 2016.
After the Saints take a defensive end like Taco Charlton at the 11th pick in Round 1, I see them addressing cornerback by getting a Louisiana product like Tre’Davious White out of LSU.
The 5’11” 192-pound cornerback out of LSU, Tre’Davious White has nice upside as a cover corner. He could start next to Breaux or could take over slot duties. While his frame and inconsistent play are concerns, White flashes starting corner potential. Tre’Davious White would be a great pick in the back end of Round 1.