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New Orleans Saints 2012 Draft Preview

General manager Mickey Loomis and his staff will have ample time to survey their board, as the Saints aren't scheduled to pick until near the bottom of the third round after dealing away their first-round selection to grab running back Mark Ingram during last year's draft and having their second-rounder stripped as punishment for the team's well-publicized bounty program. When the defending NFC South champions are finally on the clock, odds are Loomis will be seeking reinforcements to a defense that had trouble getting to the quarterback in 2011 and is now short at cornerback following Tracy Porter's free-agent departure. With proven pass rusher Will Smith facing possible league discipline for his involvement in the bounty scandal, the need for someone who can bring pressure from either the outside or the interior becomes even more pronounced. Though New Orleans re-signed Marcus Colston and appears well set at wide receiver, don't discount the club using one of its five choices on adding another target for Drew Brees and the league's best passing attack.

2011 Record: 13-3

Top Needs: DL, CB, WR

First Three Picks: No. 89, No. 122, No. 162

Number of Selections: 5 (3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2011 - Cameron Jordan (DE, California), Mark Ingram (RB, Alabama); 2010 - Patrick Robinson (CB, Florida State); 2009 - Malcolm Jenkins (DB, Ohio State); 2008 - Sedrick Ellis (DT, USC); 2007 - Robert Meachem (WR, Tennessee); 2006 - Reggie Bush (RB, USC); 2005 - Jammal Brown (OT, Oklahoma); 2004 - Will Smith (DE, Ohio State); 2003 - Johnathan Sullivan (DT, Georgia); 2002 - Donte Stallworth (WR, Tennessee), Charles Grant (DE, Georgia).

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