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Saints Snag Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore with 11th Pick in NFL Draft

Needing secondary help is nothing new to the Saints, and Thursday they addressed it with adding Ohio State Buckeye CB Marshon Lattimore to their roster.

“I’m going to try to go in there Day 1 and show what I can do,” Lattimore said on a conference call shortly after his selection. “”I’m going to come in there not trying to be the big man on the team. I’m going to come in trying to do my job there and I’m going to get it done for them.”

Coach Sean Payton had made no secret that improving the Saints’ defense was his priority this offseason. It was unavoidable after New Orleans led the league in offense but still finished below .500 at 7-9 for a third straight season.

The Saints ranked 27th in defense last season, allowing 375.4 yards per game, and allowed a league-worst 273.8 yards passing per game. They also ranked second-to-last in points allowed with 28.4.

The 6-foot, 193-pound Lattimore was the first cornerback selected in this year’s draft. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2016, when he had four interceptions. That was his first full season with the Buckeyes after overcoming nagging hamstring injuries during his first two years with the program.

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