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New Orleans Saints Post-Draft 53-Man Roster Prediction

We know one thing for certain about the eventual 2016 Saints roster... and that's the fact that we know nothing at all.

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The Saints rookies haven't even signed their contracts yet so naturally it's a good time to start predicting the final 53-man roster for the first week of the 2016 NFL season. Naturally.

And since it's so early, this is not an easy task. There are a lot of unanswered questions and unknown variables.

On defense, you'll notice only two DEs listed but a ton of DTs and LBs. I placed everyone here according to their listed position on the Saints official website. We've got to assume that some of these guys will be switching positions or moving around within the formation. Basically, the front seven is fluid and their listed positions are mere formalities at this point. I just simply tried to choose the best 15 or so players.

On the offensive line, there are a lot of new, young players. At least one undrafted player is going to have to make this final roster, if not more. That's what happens when you don't draft or sign free agents on the O-line. Anyone who can play multiple positions along the line will have a big advantage and more opportunity to crack the roster.

I'm basically just throwing a dart at the wall when it comes to the fifth wide receiver spot. There's a whole lot of uncertainty behind rookie Michael Thomas. I've got R.J. Harris listed in that spot currently, but even I don't believe that's going to happen. My gut actually tells me the Saints will sign some veteran WR at some point.

Let me know what you think! Feel free to offer your own roster projections in the comment section below.

Projected 53-Man Roster

QB Drew Brees
QB Luke McCown
QB Garrett Grayson

RB Mark Ingram
RB C.J. Spiller
RB Marcus Murphy
RB Tim Hightower

FB Austin Johnson

WR Brandin Cooks
WR Willie Snead
WR Brandon Coleman
WR Michael Thomas
WR R.J. Harris

TE Coby Fleener
TE Josh Hill
TE Michael Hoomanawanui

T Terron Armstead
T Zach Strief
T Andrus Peat
T Avery Young

G Senio Kelemente
G Tim Lelito
G Landon Turner
G Jack Allen

C Max Unger

DE Cameron Jordan
DE Bobby Richardson

DT Sheldon Rankins
DT Nick Fairley
DT John Jenkins
DT Tyeler Davison
DT David Onyemata
DT Kaleb Eulls

LB Stephone Anthony
LB Hau'oli Kikaha
LB Dannell Ellerbe
LB James Laurinaitis
LB Craig Robertson
LB Kasim Edebali
LB Nathan Stupar

CB Keenan Lewis
CB Delvin Breaux
CB Damian Swann 
CB P.J. Williams
CB Kyle Wilson

S Jairus Byrd
S Kenny Vaccaro
S Vonn Bell
S Erik Harris
S Jamarca Sanford

K Kai Forbath

P Thomas Morstead

LS Justin Drescher