Projected 2015 starters: New Orleans Saints


Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here.

Saints Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Drew Brees DE Cameron Jordan
  RB Mark Ingram DT Akiem Hicks
  RB2 C.J. Spiller DT Brodrick Bunkley
  WR1 Marques Colston DE Junior Gallette
  WR2 Brandin Cooks OLB Stephone Anthony
  TE Josh Hill MLB David Hawthorne
  LT Terron Armstead OLB Hau'oli Kikaha
  G Andrus Peat CB1 Keenan Lewis
  C Max Unger CB2 Brandon Browner
  G Jahri Evans S Kenny Vaccaro
  RT Zach Strief S Jairus Byrd

» New Orleans hasn't had this many question marks among Drew Brees' receiver options since 2006. Marques Colston is slowing down and second-year player Brandin Cooks is a candidate to take a big step up this year. After that, playing time is wide open.

» The Saints clearly expect Josh Hill to replace some of Jimmy Graham's production. At receiver, unknowns like Nick Toon, Brandon Coleman, and Seantavius Jones have a chance to have a big role. It was a surprise the Saints didn't take a receiver in the draft. This is a team that has found diamonds in the rough before like Colston and Lance Moore.

» You don't take a player No. 13 overall to sit. Yet we can't imagine Zach Strief moving to guard at his size, and left tackle Terron Armstead isn't going anywhere. There isn't a logical spot for Peat in the starting lineup, but offensive line coach Bret Ingalls mentioned he could experiment with Peat playing inside. It's a surprising fit, so Tim Lelito could be the better bet to start Week 1.

» The Saints could potentially have four rookie starters if Peat finds a spot. Linebackers Stephone Anthony and Hau'oli Kikaha have clear paths to start. Cornerback P.J. Williams could wind up at nickel back.

» The biggest acqusitions the Saints could make this offseason would be the return of the 2013 versions of Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro.

» Since we don't see any of those third receivers as true "starters," we listed C.J. Spiller as a second starter at running back. He's going to get a ton of snaps lining up wide, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him on the field with Mark Ingram at the same time.

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