Saints draft Tennessee CB Alontae Taylor in 2nd round

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints turned their attention to defense in the second round of the NFL draft, selecting defensive back Alontae Taylor out of Tennessee on Friday night.

Taylor, 6-foot, 195 pounds, had four interceptions during his time with the Vols, including two last season. He made 162 tackles in his career. Taylor played primarily cornerback in college, but the Saints might take a look at him at safety or nickel-back...

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints turned their attention to defense in the second round of the NFL draft, selecting defensive back Alontae Taylor out of Tennessee on Friday night.

Taylor, 6-foot, 195 pounds, had four interceptions during his time with the Vols, including two last season. He made 162 tackles in his career. Taylor played primarily cornerback in college, but the Saints might take a look at him at safety or nickel-back where they have more pressing needs.

New Orleans lost its starting safeties from last season when Marcus Williams signed with Baltimore as a free agent and Malcolm Jenkins retired. The Saints added former Jets safety Marcus Maye in free agency.

C.J. Gardner-Johnson has emerged as a defensive leader at nickel-back and the Saints have solid starting cornerbacks in Marshon Lattimore and Bradley Roby. Lattimore was a No. 1 pick in 2017 and has been one of the team’s top defenders. The Saints traded a third-round draft choice to Houston last season to acquire Roby and recently signed him to a new contract.

They also recently re-signed backup cornerback P.J. Williams.

New Orleans does not have another pick until the fifth round Saturday. It also has a sixth-round pick.

New Orleans focused on the offense Thursday night in the first round of the draft.

The Saints traded third- and fourth-round picks to Washington and moved up from No. 16 to No. 11. They selected Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave with that pick before taking Northern Iowa tackle Trevor Penning at No. 19.

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