With the 2013 NFL Draft and the initial frenzy of undrafted free agency both complete, the New Orleans Saints roster is pretty much set for the remainder of the off-season, give or take a couple of random signings here or there.
That means we can realistically start thinking about the depth chart. So let's lay it all out and see just how this brand spankin' new Saints defense is shaping up on paper. This is pretty much how the defense will look once training camp starts in August.
Here are a few notes on my makeshift depth chart before we start the discussion:
- I'm assuming all draft picks and undrafted free agents get signed.
- Might Will Smith make the move to outside linebacker a la Dwight Freeney?
- Along the same lines, would Greg Romeus also be asked to move to OLB?
- I don't think Tom Johnson and Tyrunn Walker have the appropriate size to play traditional NT. They may be on the outside, looking in.
- Would Malcolm Jenkins ever get moved back to cornerback?
- It's a little difficult to pin down the specific safety positions because some players are flexible. For example, Jim Leonhard can play both strong and free.
|2013 New Orleans Saints|
|Depth Chart - Defense|
|Cam Jordan||Brodrick Bunkley||Will Smith|
|Greg Romeus||Akiem Hicks||Kenyon Coleman|
|Rufus Johnson||Jonathan Jenkins||Braylon Broughton|
|Eric Martin||Tom Johnson||Jay Richardson|
|Glenn Foster||Tyrunn Walker|
|Victor Butler||Curtis Lofton||Jonathan Vilma||Junior Galette|
|Chris Chamberlain||David Hawthorne||Will Herring||Martez Wilson|
|Chase Thomas||Kevin Reddick||Ramon Humber||Rayford Shipman|
|Keenan Lewis||Jabari Greer|
|Patrick Robinson||S||S||Corey White|
|Dion Turner||Kenny Vaccaro||Malcolm Jenkins||Ryan Steed|
|Rod Sweeting||Roman Harper||Jim Leonhard||A.J. Davis|
|Isa Abdul-Quddus||Rafael Bush||Ryan Lacy|