Marlin Jackson has played both CB and FS for the University of Michigan. It is likely that he will be used as a CB early in his career, though a switch to FS down the road is not out of the question. He would give the Saints a big bodied CB that could play any of their 4 positions. He could also replace Tebucky Jones down the road should Jones not improve his tackling.
Derrick Strait, the tough physical corner from Oklahoma, may be the best CB coming out this year. He is neither the biggest nor the fastest but he has displayed excellent cover skills during his time in Norman. It is likely he is the first CB chosen, though he could fall to the bottom of the first round based solely on measurables. The Saints would likely be hard pressed to pass up on him at 18.
DeAngelo Hall, from Virginia Tech is the exact opposite of Strait in every department except performance where he is every bit his equal. Hall is not as physical as Strait but may be a better pure cover corner, and is certainly flashier.
Chris Gamble may be the most talented CB in the nation but his game is built around taking risks. He could be the best out of this bunch in a few seasons but his style of play may not mesh with what the Saints expect out of the position.
The Saints will also likely do their homework on Dunta Robinson, from South Carolina, who they were disappointed in for skipping the Senior Bowl, and Will Poole, who they showed an interest in until he hurt himself and had to leave Mobile.
The Saints will likely take a CB in the first round unless the value at DT is too good to pass up. Even so they will likely take multiple DB's early in this draft and even went to great lengths to speak with one player at the Senior Bowl. Tune in to next weeks Round 2 preview to find out who.