Does Saints selection of top CB Lattimore take a Butler deal off the table?


We knew the Saints were in the market for a corner. What we didn't know was that the top player at the position in this year's draft would fall to them at pick No. 11 overall. 

New Orleans sat and watched the board as Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore slipped and slipped and slipped all the way out of the top-10. When they were on the clock for the first of their two first-rounders, they scooped up the 6-foot, 193-pound cover man. 

Lattimore has dealt with hamstring injuries that have nagged at him even into the pre-draft process, which may have helped to explain his slide. But when healthy, he's an explosive athlete with the potential to lock down No. 1 receivers. 


The Saints will pair Lattimore with Delvin Breaux as their top cornerback pairing, but is there room for one more? 

It seems unlikely that they'd be willing to pay top-half-of-the-first-round money to one corner and then offer Malcolm Butler a lucrative long-term extension, but it may not be totally off the table. Teams spend so much time in sub packages in this day and age that having three top-end corners playing "starter" snaps would be a luxury. Plus, both Lattimore and Breaux have injury histories that may warrant insurance. 

The question is . . . How much will the Saints be willing to pay for the policy?

By the time the first round came to an end on Thursday night, Butler was still a member of the Patriots. Should the Saints -- who selected tackle Ryan Ramczyk at No. 32 overall -- look to deal swing a deal for the Super Bowl XLIX hero who visited their New Orleans head quarters as a restricted free agent this offseason, they have picks No. 42 (second round), 72 (third round) and 103 (third round) to use as chips in a potential trade. 

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