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Saints' slew of early draft picks addresses numerous needs

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis stockpiled six picks in the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL draft and filled nearly every need they had - even if not quite in the order of their priorities.

While the Saints didn't address their anemic pass rush until their sixth overall pick late in the third round, they added two potential starting defensive backs with their first three picks in the opening two rounds, which should help a secondary that allowed more yards passing than any other team last season.

New Orleans didn't entirely neglect its league-leading offense, either, bringing in more protection for 38-year-old quarterback Drew Brees and adding a quick, dynamic ball carrier who could restore to Payton's offensive scheme the type of threats previously presented by Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles.

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Atlanta 1150.688
Tampa Bay 970.563
New Orleans 790.438
Carolina 6100.375
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: D. Brees5208
Pass TDs: D. Brees37
Rush Yds: M. Ingram1043
Rush TDs: M. Ingram6
Rec Yds: B. Cooks1173
Rec TDs: M. Thomas9
Int: J. Byrd2
Sacks: C. Jordan7.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6816 (1)
Passing Yards: 5258 (1)
Rushing Yards: 1742 (16)
Points per game: 29.3 (2)
Yards per game: 426.0 (1)
Touchdowns: 55 (2)
Field Goals: 28 (13)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 6006 (27)
Passing Yards: 4593 (31)
Rushing Yards: 1626 (14)
Points per game: 28.4 (31)
Yards per game: 375.4 (27)
Touchdowns: 46 (30)
Field Goals: 32 (26)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/25 A. Peterson signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2018)
4/11 J. Laurinaitis retired
4/5 L. McCown cut
3/30 R. Bush signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/29 C. Daniel signed One-year contract (through 2017)
3/29 J. Phillips re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/23 D. Tapp re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/22 S. Moore re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/21 M. Te'o signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2018)
3/17 T. Cadet re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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