Sean Payton says cornerback is an area the Saints need to address


New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton participated in the Zurich Classic’s Celebrity Shootout and spoke briefly with reporters about the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.

The Saints currently hold eight picks in this year’s draft, and Payton discussed some of the areas he feels New Orleans needs to focus on as it looks toward the 2021 season.

“Corner’s an area we have to address here between now and the start of the season,” Payton told reporters Wednesday. “And I think we’ll be able to find that.”

The Saints have a glaring need at that position after releasing last year’s starter Janoris Jenkins due to the NFL’s lower salary cap for the 2021 season.

“We’ve lost some good players that we knew we might have too to get our numbers below,” Payton said.

The Saints’ coach also said that the team is still evaluating prospects but feels pretty comfortable with one particular position group — quarterback.

“Relative to that position, though, it still stays the same in triats that we’re looking for,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a must position. We feel like we’ve got real good players in the building.”

The Saints are currently set to head into the 2020 season with Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston competing to replace longtime starter Drew Brees. Brees announced his retirement from the NFL in March after 20 seasons.