By Scooby Axson
May 07, 2014

Safety Kenny Vaccaro recorded 79 tackles for the Saints last season after being picked in the first round. Safety Kenny Vaccaro, the Saints' top pick last season, recorded 79 tackles as a rookie in 2013. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Saints fielded an historically bad defense in 2012, a difficult season in which head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire year.

In last year's draft, the Saints added safety Kenny Vaccaro, and he contributed as New Orleans rebounded to 11-5 in 2013. Now, the team has added free agent safety Jairus Byrd to its secondary. That signing gives New Orleans additional freedom with its six picks in the 2o14 NFL draft

Needs: Cornerback, offensive tackle, slot receiver, outside linebacker

Here is the list of the Saints' picks in this year’s draft:

Last updated: May 9, 10a.m.

Round 1, Pick 20 (20) - from Arizona: Brandin Cooks

Round 2, Pick 26 (58)

Round 4, Pick 26 (126)

Round 5, Pick 27 (167)

Round 5, Pick 29 (169)

Round 6, Pick 26 (202)

For a full list of first-round picks, click here.

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BURKE: Reaches and steals of Round 1

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