Just in case you haven't gotten your fill of New Orleans Saints roster analysis from our quality staff here at Da Chronic this past month, ESPN's Mel Kiper performed his own mid-summer roster autopsy last week. Of course it wasn't nearly as detailed and if you don't have an Insider account, you won't be able to read the entire article but I've got all the pertinent details you need right here.
Nothing has changed with Kiper's opinion of the Saints 2011 draft since his initial post-draft analysis. He still thinks the team got away with a few steals and seriously improved some positions of need. But he definitely doesn't think all their problems are now solved. Here's where Kiper thinks the Saints still need to get better once football finally starts up and free agency resumes:
Questions that remain: While the Saints added a lot of draft value, I still think this is a team that could look for some depth at offensive tackle and outside linebacker. The offense can be as good as ever, but as cliched as it sounds, the blocking has to hold up. It was uneven at times last year. I also think they'd like to add some potency on the interior of the defensive line. They should bring in a veteran there.
Can't say I really disagree with any of this, particularly with his offensive tackle analysis. Kiper is making it really difficult to make fun of and insult him.
And for those who just can't get enough draft talk and are already looking forward to the next NFL draft, here is an incredibly early look at who Kiper thinks the Saints should target in 2012:
Next year's help now: Kawann Short, DT, PurdueA little extra beef on the defensive interior is needed, and Short would fit the bill.
What do you guys think? Nothing surprising here, huh?