After a shocking turn of events in the previous selections of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints decided to bolster their secondary when they selected cornerback Marshon Lattimore out of The Ohio State University with the 11th pick in the draft. It is projected that Lattimore will line-up opposite of cornerback Delvin Breaux for the Saints defense this season.
The Saints made the right choice when they selected Lattimore with the 11th pick in the draft, however; there will be numerous obstacles that will stand in his path in the very talented NFC South Division.
On two occasions throughout the season, Lattimore will at least defend against wide receivers such as DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and Kelvin Benjamin. Those receivers alone are some of the best at the position right now.
Also, do not forget about the receivers that Lattimore will face outside of the division this season such as former Saint Brandin Cooks in Week 2, Jordi Nelson, and Jarvis Landry. According to numerous draft experts around the league, Lattimore was the number one rated cornerback coming out of college this season.
The team did not even expect Lattimore to drop to the 11th spot but after the turn of events with the previous picks, Marshon fell right into the Saints lap. Barring an injury from Marshon Lattimore or Delvin Breaux, I believe that the Saints secondary could be vastly improved from what we witnessed in previous years with this unit.
Their secondary has given up more touchdown scores than any other unit in the league for the past three seasons. The personnel on the Saints defense right now have the potential to become a great unit, but it will all depend on how fast they can gel together as a team.
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