NFL Draft Needs: Saints

NFL Draft Needs: Saints
Evan Silva and Josh Norris walk through the Saints' top three needs and offer options for each of their draft picks.
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Giants acquired Riley Dixon from the Broncos for a 2019 seventh-round pick.

Dixon wasn't needed after Denver signed Marquette King. He averaged a middling 45.6 yards on punts last year with 32 percent inside the 20-yard line. Dixon replaces Brad Wing, who was released from the Giants this offseason.
Apr 20 - 7:15 PM

The Colts are moving OLB John Simon to defensive end.

This was expected with Indy running a 4-3 scheme. Simon is coming off one of his better seasons, posting three sacks in nine games before getting shut down with a shoulder injury. Jabaal Sheard and Tarell Basham are also moving to end.
Apr 20 - 7:04 PM

The Ravens aren't expected to pursue free agent Dez Bryant.

The Ravens were linked to Bryant early, but will likely move on after signing Willie Snead to an offer sheet. Arizona, Green Bay and Buffalo are the teams with the most interest in Bryant to this point. It's possible Bryant waits until after the draft to sign.
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 6:21 PM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan expects Louisville QB Lamar Jackson to be drafted in the top-20 picks.

This falls in line with pre-draft reports on Jackson. There's some concern over Jackson's NFL readiness, but multiple teams "really like" him. At least five quarterbacks are expected to be drafted on Day 1. Jackson going top-20 could allow Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph to sneak into the late first round.
Apr 20 - 5:56 PM

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports the Eagles have reached an agreement with QB Nick Foles on a revised contract.

The deal includes a mutual option for 2019, so it's possible Foles could still hit the market as a free agent next offseason. He'll also receive a $2 million signing bonus. The Eagles are sweetening Foles' deal as a way of repaying him for leading the team to its first Super Bowl last year. He'll be back as Carson Wentz's backup in 2018.
Apr 20 - 4:27 PM

NFL suspended Panthers TE Kent Taylor four games for violating the league's policy on PEDs.

Undrafted out of UTEP, Taylor signed a futures deal with the Panthers this offseason. He'll be eligible to return against the Redskins in Week 6, provided he makes Carolina's 53-man roster. That's probably a long shot.
Apr 20 - 4:21 PM

Restricted free agent OLB Shaq Barrett will sign his second-round tender with the Broncos on Monday.

It will lock him into a $2.914 million salary for next season. Barrett only registered four sacks last year but still earned positive marks from ProFootballFocus, grading out as PFF's No. 12 3-4 outside linebacker out of 46 qualifiers.
Apr 20 - 4:15 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said the team has been in touch with Amari Cooper's agent about "possibly" exercising his fifth-year option.

"I don’t want to put anything out there, don’t want to put the cart before the horse so to speak," said McKenzie. "But we like Amari." A year ago, picking up Cooper's option would have been a no-brainer, but he damaged his stock by committing 10 drops last season, third-most in the NFL behind only Keenan Allen and Dez Bryant. The Raiders claim Cooper wasn't fully healthy, which may explain why the 23-year-old finished with career-lows in both catches (48) and receiving yards (680). The Raiders have until May 3 to decide on Cooper's option.
Apr 20 - 3:51 PM
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