Thought this would make for an interesting group activity. Below, I'd like everyone to list the 22 Saints players they'd most be interested in retaining. You're free to include any current free agents who played for the Saints in 2010. You're also free to include any unsigned draft picks. These 22 players should represent the present and future of the franchise, not necessarily the best 22 current players based on their individual achievements as NFL players. For example, while Darren Sharper is a likely future Hall of Famer, you may want to think twice about his overall worth moving forth.
If you choose to participate, you will also be expected to take part in the replacement player draft to follow. One player from each of the other 31 NFL teams will be chosen, in an effort to bring the roster back up to 53. There will be standard position minimums and maximums to adhere to, which I'll go into more once we complete this initial "keeper" phase.
As it stands, the first 31 CSC members to reply to this post with a legitimate list of 22 keepers will comprise the draft field and will select in the order in which they responded. If you accidentally list more or less than 22 players, start over. Only entries with EXACTLY 22 keepers will be recognized. Last names only are fine, as long as you differentiate between the Browns (Alex and Charles), the Evanses (Heath or Jahri), the Mitchells (Kawika or Marvin) and the Thomases (David and Pierre). If accepted, I'll respond to your post and assign you a draft position.
After the 31 keeper ballots are tallied, I'll compile our partial roster with the top 22 vote getters and come up with the guidelines for our template. If there are ties for the 22nd spot, we'll have a poll to determine who stays and who goes. Once all of that is hammered out, we'll begin the draft, filling in all roster vacancies at the discretion of each official participant. Again, every other NFL team must be represented and the position limitations will be finite, so the decisions should get easier as we proceed. And no, I will not be participating in this exercise myself. Lastly, please do not copy and paste anyone else's exact list. Duplication by virtue of shared opinion is fine, but the initial goal here is a true group consensus. Besides, there may be someone you really like that they completely overlooked.
On your marks ... get set ... GEAUX.