Saints Offseason Grade: New Orleans Stays On Track With Strong Draft

The New Orleans Saints missed out on the playoffs for the second straight year last season, but they were hoping to add the pieces necessary this offseason to help them make it back to the postseason. How have they done so far?

Grade: C

New Orleans did a good job in the draft, securing the middle of their defense with DT Sheldon Rankins in the first round while adding Michael Thomas will help them replace Marques Colston. They also nabbed Ohio State safety Vonn Bell, getting a needed upgrade on the back end of their defense.

However, that's where the positives stop. Their biggest move in free agency was to sign defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who is a starter but not a real game-changer. 

New Orleans has been held back by lackluster secondary play throughout the past several years, and they didn't do anything to upgrade the cornerback position. Simply put, the Saints will be competitive and slightly improved - but not enough to make the playoffs.

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