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Should the Saints add offensive speed or strength in the 1st round?


With the NFL Draft only a day away, the question is will the Saints go offense or defense with their first round pick?

We all remember the hit Drew Brees took against the 49ers and the heavy rush he was under most of the season, but what about the lack of speed by an outside receiver? The Saints need help on offense.

If New Orleans does go for an offensive pick in the first round, here are a few names to watch out for, although they may not be available for the Saints at pick number 27.

Brandin Cooks (WR/Oregon State): Cooks was named the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner. He holds OSU records for career receiving touchdowns with 24 and single season touchdown receptions with 16. Last season Cooks caught an amazing 128 passes for 1730 yards. The speedy receiver is projected as a 1st or 2nd round draft pick.

Jordan Matthews (WR/Vanderbilt): Matthews ended his career with the Commodores as the SEC's all-time leader with 262 career receptions and 3,759 receiving yards. Matthews was named to 2013 First Team All-America (USA Today & Athlons), 2nd or 3rd Team All-America (Associated Press,,, & Phil Steele) and consensus First Team All-SEC. Projected as a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick.

Marqise Lee (WR/USC): Lee leaves USC with 191 catches for 2,864 yards (15.0 avg.) with 25 touchdowns and 22 school records. The dynamic playmaker is projected as a 1st round draft pick and would be an instant upgrade for the Saints offense.

Bruce Ellington (WR/South Carolina): In his senior year, Ellington caught 49 passes for 775 yards and eight touchdowns. The explosive receiver also threw one touchdown and played three years on the basketball team.

Davante Adams (WR/Fresno State): As a sophomore, Adams led the nation in receptions (131), receptions per game (10.1) and was second in receiving yards per game (132.2). He also had 24 touchdowns. He was named as an All-America selection in 2012 and 2013 and was the winner of the 2013 Paul Warfield Award. Adams is projected to be a second round draft pick.

A name to keep in the back of your mind:

Cody Latimer (WR/Indiana): The Hoosiers receiver finished his junior campaign with 72 receptions, 1,096 yards and 91.3 yards per game. He added nine touchdowns and a 15.2 average per catch average. He was named second team All-Big Ten. He could be that Saints sleeper pick.

Zack Martin (OT/Notre Dame):Martin started 52 consecutive games for the Irish and was named the team's most valuable offensive lineman four straight years. Projected to be a 1st round draft pick, the Saints would have to trade up to get this star lineman.

Morgan Moses (OT/Virginia): Started 43 games in his four years at Virginia. He moved to left tackle as a senior. Projected to be a 2-3 round draft pick.

Antonio Richardson (OT/Tennessee): Richardson started 24 straight games as the Vols left tackle. He was named to the 2013 Associated Press All-SEC Second Team. Projected as a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick.

Cyrus Kouandijo (OT/Alabama): Kouandijo started 26 games at left tackle for the Tide. The offensive lineman was slowed by injury and is projected to be a late 1st to 2nd round pick.

David Yankey (G/Stanford): The Cardinal team captain was a unanimous All-American and was on just about everybody's first team. Yankey is projected as a 2nd - 3rd round pick.

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