It’s easy to see the biggest roster need for the Saints: cornerback. After releasing Janoris Jenkins in a salary cap-minded move, they’re left with Marshon Lattimore as their only starting-quality option, and his legal status is uncertain. That means either P.J. Williams or Patrick Robinson are projected to start on opening day, unless a practice squad holdover like Grant Haley or Keith Washington can unseat them. Not great.
So cornerback is understandably seen as a draft-day priority for New Orleans, who are slotted to make their first pick at No. 28 overall. But what does the NFL draft’s history say about the corners picked at that spot? Let’s review: