One of the key takeaways and reasons to get excited from the 2017 Saints season was the rise of the defense. When you are prone to giving out points like business cards it is easy to be up in arms over being +7 in the turnover ratio and creating 42 sacks as a team. The question this offseason is: Can the Saints maintain that production or build off it to become even better. Defense is critical and is proven to be a part of the recipe to not only make it to the postseason, but also be competitive. Barring any significant injuries (knocks on wood) I think the defensive unit can mimic the results of last year and maybe even be better.
Looking at the defensive line, Cam Jordan will do Cam Jordan residing in the backfield. He accumulated 13 sacks which is easier for him than most. Sheldon Rankins doesn’t get the credit he deserves because most players at his position aren’t going to be as noticeable on the stat sheet, but his disruption of plays opens doors for teammates. He even had the flexibility to push over to defensive end when need to help pick up slack for some injuries. David Onyemata has a similar skillset to Rankins where he makes up for being undersized with agility & quickness for his size. He is still learning the nuances of the position, but a breakout is very much possible. Tyeler Davison is the more conventional type DT that pure strength and specializes in anchoring against stopping the run. Alex Okafor was the Robin to Cam Jordan’s Batman …..