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Finding Solid Pass Rushers Needs to Be on the Saints Agenda for the 2016 NFL Draft

The New Orleans Saints ranked 31st in the National Football League against the pass when they allowed 284.0 passing yards per game in 2015. Some of the league’s mediocre passers would have a field day against the Saints horrible pass defense, such as Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota. Due to the Saints inability to get after the opposing team’s quarterback, it puts Drew Brees in shootouts week after week.

Drew Brees turned 37 last month, and the Saints must cut down on the amount of passes that Brees throws per game. The way to do that is to have solid pass rushers that can get to the quarterback, which will minimize the amount of pressure that is on Brees and the Saints offense to counter fire against opposing teams on Sunday.

In this year’s NFL Draft, there will be numerous pass rushers that will be available for the Saints to select in 2016. However, the key for the Saints to draft a successful defensive end will hinge on the efforts of defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, who took over for Rob Ryan, who was fired in the middle of the 2015 season.

The Denver Broncos showed everyone that the key to having a solid defense depends on how competent the coordinator is with the pieces that he has to work with. The Broncos also provided the blue print on how to get to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who has been a thorn in the side for the Saints in the past three seasons.

Hopefully, Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis took some notes at Super Bowl 50. Like I previously stated before, the key to having a solid defense depends on the competency level of a football team’s defensive coordinator. A team can have some of the most talented defensive ends in the league, but if the coaching staff, fails to put it all together, a ball club will be just wasting talent.

Saints fans will finally get to see what the team’s defense will look for a full 16-game season under his watch. According to WalterFootball.Com, the top pass-rushers in this year’s 2016 NFL Draft are Joey Bosa, DeForest Buckner, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Robert Nkemdiche.

The reality is that, the players that I just mentioned will most likely be gone when the Saints pick at no.12 at the 2016 NFL Draft. Ole Miss defensive end, Robert Nkemdiche is predicted by many draft experts to fall in this year’s draft due to character issues and inconsistent play while he was at Ole Miss.

Will the Saints take a chance on Nkemdiche if he is available at no.12? Based on the recent locker room purge by the Saints front office, probably not. However, there is a defensive end whose stock is steadily rising in this year’s draft that goes by the name of Noah Spence out of Eastern Kentucky University.

In the latest mock draft posted by NFL.Com Draft experts, one of them has Spence being selected by the Saints in the first round. According to WalterFootball.Com, Spence improved his draft status after putting on an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl that took place last month.

Do not be surprised if the Saints select defensive ends in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, this is a position that they need to improve on, as soon as possible. To take down Cam Newton, the Saints must successfully get pass the Panthers offensive line to accomplish that.


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Derrick Branch is the founder and lead writer of Tops Sports.Com. He is a die-hard sports fan and keeps it 100 on all things that involve the NFL, NBA, NCAA Football.
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