About drafting a LT at 15, sure one will likely not be there which is why I proposed a trade up which the Saints have done several times already to go for a need player/guy they really want.
To just say one will not be at 15 oh well is overlooking our draft history under Payton. It is much more likely than the way too often proposed trade back that will magically just be a second rounder just so we'll have a second rounder.
About Brown in particular his problem is twofold. The most important knock is his inability to stay healthy. Payton stressed this and mentioned he doesn't want to ask week to week if that guy will be there or not.
The other is that while he has started looking better, that has been at RT. He struggled mightily at LT and there is no evidence to suggest he'd be any better there when he is at this point mediocre at best at RT.
As for "starting" OLBs, NONE of the guys we'll draft will have starting experience in the NFL at all. There is no guarantee that they'd be any good or just end up like Ellis.
So in the end, we'd still have 0 OLBs that have started.
And I already stated that drafting a LT early(one that is ranked that high) is just as much of a gamble(pretty much every draft pick is). That's why I called for a 1-2 year stop gap with someone who has started and played at least decent at LT in FA.
This whole get by with mediocre tackles thing is bs. Brees has consistently shown when he senses pressure even when it's not there he will get happy feet and make terrible throws. Get a legit protector for the remainder of his time here and you can throw us out there at WR and we'd look great.
As for what it would take to trade up to 10th, it seems a 1st round swap, our 3rd, and our 5th(with maybe a 7th this year or next year's 6th thrown in) would do the trick.
This post was edited on 3/28 at 10:01 pm