There’s good news and bad news for the New Orleans Saints. The bad news, is that their defense struggled massively in 2015. The good news? They have a ton of young talent on that side of the ball, which should make fans very excited about the future.
As Mike Triplett of ESPN pointed out, ESPN Stats and Information shows that the Saints led the NFL in a very wide margin in terms of defensive snap counts by rookies.
The numbers include the Saints with 3,040 defensive snaps for rookies, then the Chicago Bears with 2,483 and the Cleveland Browns with 1,637. It’s also worth noting that as Triplett points out, that doesn’t factor in the 886 snaps for first-year cornerback Delvin Breaux, since he came to the Saints from the Canadian Football League.
When looking at the numbers, it’s obvious that four players were the main reason why:
Stephone Anthony- 928 snaps
Hau’oli Kikaha- 577 snaps
Bobby Richardson- 549 snaps
Tyeler Davison- 497 snaps
Anthony is one player who really has fans excited, as he looks to be the real deal and the future at middle linebacker for the Saints. New Orleans had success in the 2015 NFL draft it seems, and that even includes a few unknowns at this point, so can they replicate that during the 2016 NFL draft?