Did you hear the news? Will Smith has no one to help him on the other side. Grant was invisible for most of the season, then when he had a good game he got injured and landed on IR. Bobby McCray proved that he's not an every down guy and no other end on the team is even worth more than a special teamer or rare rotational guy. So what we need is another guy that can consistently put pressure on the QB that is quick and strong.Two free agents that come to mind would be Aaron Kampman and Ray Edwards, but the likelihood of the Saints getting either of them or even going for them is not very strong, so we'll move on from the free agent section to the trade possibility section.
Let me debunk this Julius Peppers talk; he's not coming here. First off, if he's a free agent we can't get him anyway, secondly, if we should trade for him it will cost us a lot of valuable things, so let's stay clear from Peppers, who could be a nice addition, but is not worth the price tag. So what other trades are out there? Well, there's no blockbuster trades, but we could potentially get something out of a trade with the Falcons for Jamaal Anderson. Maybe a 6th rounder because that's all he's really worth. He still has a lot of potential, but the Falcons will never get it out of him because they just don't have the coaching staff to do it. At this point though, I doubt he can be much more that a situational player, but still that's better than what we already have. We could also maybe swing a trade for Cliff Avril in Detroit because why shouldn't we get to join in on the fun of picking on the weak teams and steal their good players? Maybe even steal some players away from the Raiders too while we're at it. If that's the case, let's get Trevor Scott and give them speedster WR Rod Harper who's been on IR all season, sounds fair to me, concerning the Raiders of course.
Let us now look at the draft that is LOADED with defensive ends this year. In round 1, we could end up taking a player like Corey Wootton, Everson Griffen, or even Brandon Graham (who I think CAN play defensive end in a 4-3). In round 2 there will be guys like Brandon Lang, George Selvie, Greg Hardy, and Alex Carrington. All of whom can come in and start immediately, and probably make a fairly large impact. So, I would imagine that going into next season, we will be set at defensive end too.