Best free agents and draft prospects at Saints top positions of need

We have an idea of ​​what positions the New Orleans Saints might see as their top team’s needs after the first few weeks of free agent signings — it might be the wrong idea, but it’s a good idea. The Saints acted quickly to meet each of our two key roster needs early in free agency, defensive tackle and running back, and they have an opportunity to take action in the areas that remain.

But the 2023 NFL draft is upon us, and in some cases the Saints would do better to pick a rookie than invest in a veteran player. Here’s a position-by-position look at the options available to you in the free agent market and in the upcoming draft class:

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  • Free Agents: Jadeveon Clowney (Cleveland), Yannick Ngakoue (Indianapolis), Leonard Floyd (LA Rams), Melvin Ingram II (Miami), Justin Houston (Baltimore), Frank Clark (Kansas City), Kyle Van Noy (LA Chargers), Rasheem Green ( Seattle)
  • Draft prospects: Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama), Tyree Wilson (Texas Tech), Myles Murphy (Clemson), Lukas Van Ness (Iowa), Nolan Smith (Georgia), Will McDonald IV (Iowa State), BJ Ojulari (LSU), Felix Anudike -Uzomah (Kansas State), Adetomiwa Adebawore (Northwest), Isaiah Foskey (Notre Dame)

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  • Free Agents: Odell Beckham Jr (LA Rams), Jarvis Landry (New Orleans), Julio Jones (Tennessee), Olamide Zaccheaus (Atlanta), Marvin Jones Jr (Jacksonville)
  • Draft prospects: Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Ohio State), Quentin Johnston (TCU), Jordan Addison (USC), Zay Flowers (Boston College), Jalin Hyatt (Tennessee), Josh Downs (North Carolina)

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  • Free Agents: Kareem Hunt (Cleveland), Jerick McKinnon (Kansas City)
  • Draft prospects: Bijan Robinson (Texas), Jahmyr Gibbs (Alabama), Zach Charbonnet (UCLA), Devon Achane (Texas A&M), Tyjae Spears (Tulane), Tank Bigsby (Auburn)

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  • Free Agents: Rashaan Evans (Atlanta), Anthony Barr (Dallas), Deion Jones (Cleveland)
  • Draft prospects: Drew Sanders (Arkansas), Trenton Simpson (Clemson), Jack Campbell (Iowa), Daiyan Henley (Washington State), Henry To’oto’o (Alabama), Noah Sewell (Oregon)

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  • Free Agents: Matt Ioannidis (Carolina), A’Shawn Robinson (LA Rams), Poona Ford (Seattle), Shelby Harris (Seattle)
  • Draft prospects: Jalen Carter (Georgia), Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh), Mazi Smith (Michigan), Bryan Bresee (Clemson), Siaki Ika (Baylor), Keenau Benton (Wisconsin), Tuli Tuipulotu (USC)

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  • Free Agents: Dalton Risner (Denver), Michael Schofield (Chicago), Trai Turner (Washington)
  • Draft prospects: O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida), Steve Avila (TCU), Cody Mauch (North Dakota State), Andrew Vorhees (USC)

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  • Free Agents: Irv Smith Jr (Minnesota), Cameron Brate (Tampa Bay), Marcedes Lewis (Green Bay)
  • Draft prospects: Michael Mayer (Notre Dame), Darnell Washington (Georgia), Dalton Kincaid (Utah), Luke Musgrave (Oregon State), Sam LaPorta (Iowa), Tucker Kraft (South Dakota State)

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