Saints Need to Draft Kenneth Murray

By michael obermuller
The Saints could continue "marching on" with linebacker Kenneth Murray out of Oklahoma.
The Saints could continue "marching on" with linebacker Kenneth Murray out of Oklahoma. / Brett Deering/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints' roster looks as locked and loaded as ever heading into 2020. They have not lost much from a team last year that many had going to the Super Bowl and even winning it. In fact, they have actually added and re-signed major pieces. One area that has taken a minor hit has been linebacker, with A.J. Klein departing in free agency.

The current 4-3 core includes one of the best in the game in Demario Davis, and then two less reliable options in Alex Anzalone and Kiko Alonso. The middle linebacker job should fall to one of these two, as Davis excels on the weak side, unless, of course, a replacement wins the day.

The free agent options don't necessarily move the needle at middle linebacker, so this would be a perfect area for NOLA to improve in the draft. Former Oklahoma Sooner Kenneth Murray checks all the boxes, and could be the perfect fit for Sean Payton's defense.

Murray has the intelligence to run an NFL defense, especially with the trusty Davis by his side, helping him learn as he goes. The talent also speaks for itself, with a combined 257 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and 6 passes defended during his past two seasons as a Sooner.

Many of the experts already have the New Orleans Saints grabbing the linebacker at No. 24 overall in the first round. If Murray is available, this pick makes perfect sense for the Saints who are well-stocked at just about every other position as we looks towards 2020.

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