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The Saints were active this off-season but still have big needs going into the NFL Draft.

New Orleans Saints
2014 draft picks:
1st round (27), 2(58), 3(91), 4(126), 5(167), 5(169), 6(202)

Sean Payton was back on the sidelines in New Orleans and led the Saints to an 11 win season and a wildcard spot in the playoffs. He did it while changing up his defense with Rob Ryan from a 4-3 to a 3-4. That's not an easy thing to do.

New Orleans still has quarterback Drew Brees and he's still one of the best in the business. He could use another weapon in the wide receiver corps. And remember, Darren Sproles was traded to the Eagles. That's a big loss for the Saints offense.

Team Needs

1. Defensive Backs
The Saints improved defense will get better if they go out and get an impact cornerback, which they could possibly do with their first pick. New Orleans signed Champ Bailey but it's unknown what type of impact he can make on the defense at his age. He will certainly being veteran leadership to that side of the ball and in the locker room. Safety Malcolm Jenkins is no longer on the roster but they did sign Jairus Byrd. Last year they drafted a good one in Kenny Vaccaro. New Orleans should look to add another safety as well.

2. Wide Receiver
Yes, New Orleans needs to find a wide receiver through the draft. It's a very deep year at this position and the Saints could find a good one in the first two or three rounds. They did re-sign Robert Meachem but Lance Moore is no longer with the team.

3. Linebacker
The Saints could use help both on the inside and out. They could certainly use another pass rusher off the edge to help Ryan's defense get to the quarterback. Dee Ford could be a strong possibility in the first round or a guy like Demarcus Lawrence in the second. New Orleans could also use an upgrade at middle linebacker.

4. Offensive Line
The primary need here is center and the Saints should add some more depth at offensive tackle.

Acquisitions
Erik Lorig (FB)
Champ Bailey (CB)
Jairus Byrd (S)

No Longer with the Team
Lance Moore (WR)
Darren Sproles (RB)
Jed Collins (FB)
Lance Moore (WR)
Charles Brown (OT)
Brian De La Puente (C)
Will Smith (DE)
Tom Johnson (DT)
Will Herring (MLB)
Jabari Greer (CB)
Malcolm Jenkins (S)
Roman Harper (S)

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