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Fleur-de-Links: Friday, February 16

Your latest links on all things New Orleans Saints.

NEW ORLEANS, LA:  New Orleans Saints linebacker Manti Te’o (51) celebrates after stopping the opposing offense on third down during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA: New Orleans Saints linebacker Manti Te’o (51) celebrates after stopping the opposing offense on third down during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Saints' Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore crush Mardi Gras - New Orleans Saints- ESPN
Most celebrities smile and wave during the Mardi Gras parade, but the Saints' dynamic rookies opted for a more immersive experience.

Saints ready to pick Drew Brees' heir but may lack draft ammo - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN
Brees and the Saints aren't likely to part ways soon, but that doesn't mean the team shouldn't feel a sense of urgency to find its QB of the future.

Saints position outlook: Michael Thomas has become one of the best receivers in the league, but New Orleans might look for other upgrades | Saints | theadvocate.com
It’s stunning how quickly a narrative can change.

Saints position outlook: Offensive line should remain a strength | Saints | theadvocate.com
It was somewhat of a surprise that it took until the last minute for a member of the Saints’ offensive line to get an invite to the Pro Bowl.

Saints' Arthur Maulet's path to the NFL began at Kenner's Bonnabel High School | NOLA.com
Cornerback uses his journey to inspire next generation of Bruins

Grading the 2017 New Orleans Saints by position: Running back | NOLA.com
Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara energize the Saints ground game in 2017

Lagniappe

Baker Mayfield: Teams Interested in QB for NFL Draft | SI.com
As draft season ramps up (and Mayfield receives his first invite for a private meeting with a team), discussions with scouts and evaluators around the league reveal the potential landing spots for the reigning Heisman winner

Cover 3: The Price For Getting Bell; Is Barkley Worth It For Bucs? | Pewter Report
in this week's Cover 3 column, Trevor Sikkema explains why and how Le'Veon Bell can be a Buccaneers, and breaks down the sky and ceiling of Saquon Barkley.

Mike Mayock's 2018 NFL Draft position rankings - NFL.com
With the NFL Scouting Combine just around the corner, Mike Mayock unveils his initial position-by-position rankings for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Kirk Cousins headlines fantasy free agent intrigue - NFL.com
The free agent market will be opening soon. But before the players and teams make their respective pitches to one another, Marcas Grant (and his Magic 8-Ball) want their say on what should happen.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS Futures: Roquan Smith
As the NFL continues to transition into a pass-happy league, the value of the inside linebacker has dropped in favor of pass rushers and defensive backs. Even in the modern game, however, the truly elite inside linebackers can still change the dynamics of a defense.