What direction in the draft if Howard comes aboard?
Now that we have a Dallas newspaper confirming that trade talks between Dallas and the Saints are actually going on maybe its fair game to speculate how this would change our draft plans if Howard does in fact join the team.
It seems the consensus prior to Howard was around Merriman or possibly Spears. Spears would be a dead issue but what about Merriman, my first thought was that the front 4 would provide the pass rush so we wouldnt need our 1st pick to go to a rush specialst LB but the counter to that is the "you can never have enough pass rushers" motto.
With Howard here are needs would be FS, RT, MLB, LB, WR and backup RB.
Everything but FS and backup RB should be considered for our round 1 picks.
I think we'll trade #20 to reaquire picks so at #11 we might go Merriman or get Alex Barron, or Williamson at WR. I don't think anyone else qualifies for spending our #11. This ofcourse assumes that the "usual suspects" are already gone in the top 10, D Johnson, B Edwards, M Williams.
I'll save trading out of #11 and keeping #20 for another thread.