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Ranking the Top Ten Current Saints Players: Saints Mailbag Answers

Below are answers to reader questions submitted this past Sunday. Special thanks to all those that participated. Feel free to continue the discussion on any of these topics in the comment section below.

Whatupwithdat

If you could add/steal any one player from any current NFL team (money is no issue) to join the Saints right now, who would that be and why? - Ryan E.

I hate to say it, but I’ve got to agree with coldpizza on this one, who answered this question himself in the comments of the original post. J.J. Watt would definitely make the biggest impact on defense and single handedly transform the defensive pass rush.

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What would your top ten Saints be right now? - Saint M.

I suppose my answer would depend slightly on what type of criteria you would like me to use. Since you haven’t given me any, I will list them in order of overall talent and value.

  1. Drew Brees
  2. Terron Armstead
  3. Brandin Cooks
  4. Delvin Breaux
  5. Max Unger
  6. Cam Jordan
  7. Mark Ingram
  8. Coby Fleener
  9. Thomas Morstead
  10. Stephone Anthony

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Suppose you had All-Pro athletic ability and you were an UFA entering your fourth year in the league. Would you rather: a.) remain with the team that drafted you, assuming their offer was fair. b.) sign with the Saints (presumably your favorite team) for the veteran minimum. c.) sign with the team that you felt offered you the best shot at a title, regardless of what they offered. d.) test the market and ultimately sign for the most guaranteed money possible, regardless of who the team was. Assume that you would start wherever you went. - Cold P.

As much as I hate to say it, money would be the main motivating factor here. NFL careers are short and players need to make the most of their time. That being said, options b) and c) are ruled out. I’d probably choose option a), which would be financially beneficial, would keep fans happy, and I wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of moving to a new city and get acquainted with a new team/playbook/surroundings.

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Nick Fairley is said to be leaner and moving very quick in camp. Last year he played at 281. I'm guessing this year he may be 275. Why can't Fairley be our DE, or at least on 1st and 2nd down. To go along with that why can't we bring back Kevin Williams to play on the line. I know he's old, but he was the best d-lineman on the team not named Cam last year imo. So to get a view, we would have: Fairley, Rankins, Williams, Jordan. And I think that line would be the best d-line we've had in the Payton era. - Chad

I’m definitely excited about what Fairley can bring to the Saints defensive line, but I don’t think he’s defensive end material. He’s played his entire career on the interior and been pretty successful doing it. The Saints need just as much help rushing the passer from the inside as they do from the outside. Fairley brings much-needed quickness to the interior. I don’t see any reason to move him.

As for Kevin Williams, I’m not sure his style of play fits into Dennis Allen’s plans to improve the pass rush. But Williams is still a free agent; one injury to someone on the D-line and he could be getting a phone call.

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Does Kyle Prater Have Any Serious Chance At Making The 53? Do You Think We Will See More Big Reciever Formations With Brandon Coleman , Michael Thomas, Kyle Prater, And Coby Fleener? - Julian T.

Prater is not the one I would pencil into that fifth wide receiver spot right now. I think he’s got an uphill battle to make the roster this year. Besides, if big guys Brandon Coleman, Michael Thomas, and Coby Fleener are all on the roster themselves, the Saints don’t really have as much of a need for yet another tall receiver and can give that final WR spot to a veteran or to whoever proves themselves most worthy in training camp.