RBs, TEs are the last things Saints need in NFL draft

Ranking the New Orleans Saints’ top draft needs by position, starting with the bottom three:

No. 13: Running back

Current depth chart:

Mark Ingram, age 26

Tim Hightower, age 29

C.J. Spiller, age 28

Travaris Cadet, age 27

Marcus Murphy, age 24

Vick Ballard, age 25

Outlook: The Saints don’t have much youth at running back so they could potentially draft a developmental guy in the later rounds. But they also don’t have much room for another back. The top five guys on this list all seem likely to make the 53-man roster, and the Saints usually keep only four.

The only running back in this year's draft worthy of the Saints' No. 12 pick in Round 1 is Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, who could be a special player. But I think the Saints would be nuts to consider him with more pressing needs at every other position.

No. 12: Tight end/fullback

Current depth chart:

TE Coby Fleener, age 27

TE Josh Hill, age 25

TE Michael Hoomanawanui, age 27

TE RaShaun Allen, age 26

TE Chris Manhertz, age 24

TE Jack Tabb, age 23

FB Austin Johnson, age 26

FB Toben Opurum, age 25

Outlook: After a free-agent spending spree on tight ends (adding Fleener, matching an offer for Hill as a restricted free agent and re-signing Hoomanawanui), the Saints should be done investing heavily at the position. Like with RB, I could see a late-round pick if the grade is high enough -- maybe a late-round flier on someone like New Orleans native and Baylor basketball standout Rico Gathers, who is making the switch to football. But the Saints do already have some youth they like with Hill and Allen, among others.

I often lump tight ends and fullbacks together since they can be interchangeable at times in New Orleans’ offense. The Saints like Johnson, but it wouldn’t stun me if they considered an upgrade.

No. 11: Specialists

Current depth chart:

P Thomas Morstead, age 30

K Kai Forbath, age 28

K Josh Scobee, age 33

LS Justin Drescher, age 28

Outlook: Instead of ranking the specialists last, I gave them a little bump because of the kicker position. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Saints get aggressive one of these years and draft a top kicker since they’ve had so much trouble finding stability at the position (10 different kickers in 10 years under Sean Payton). The big prize this year is Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo, but it might require a third-round pick to get him.

The Saints are set with Morstead at punter, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them bring in an undrafted free agent to compete with Drescher.