Offensive Player of the Year: Benjamin Watson
- Position: Tight End
- Receptions: 74
- Yards: 825
- Average: 51.6 yards per game
- Touchdowns: 6
“New Orleans has a lot of questions to answer this offseason, especially with the team leading the league in dead money due to salary cap issues. Luckily their 35-year-old tight end Benjamin Watson has made the question of re-signing him a bit easier to answer. Watson had the best statistical season of his 12-year career in the NFL this past year. He had 825 receiving yards on 74 receptions, with six touchdowns, while averaging 51.6 yards per game. These statistics alone put him as one of the top 10 tight ends for the NFL this season, and they also place him two catches ahead of New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. The most telling number of them all doesn't relate to his individual performance, though. The Saints had 5,205 receiving yards for the entire season. Benjamin Watson accounted for 15.8% of those receiving yards. That's close to a fifth of a team's receiving yardage accounted for by a tight end - a 35-year-old tight end, to be exact! While Drew Brees had another exceptional season for New Orleans, my pick for offensive MVP for the team would have to be Mr. Watson. He's found the fountain of youth, and I don't see him hanging up his cleats anytime soon."
--Patricia Duffy ( @patriciacduffy )
Defensive Player of the Year: Stephone Anthony
- Position: Middle Linebacker
- Solo Tackles: 70
- Assisted Tackles: 42
- Sacks: 1
- Forced Fumbles: 2
- Fumble Recoveries: 1
- Interceptions: 1
"As the final player acquired in the trade that sent Jimmy Graham to Seattle, Stephone Anthony came to New Orleans as a first round draft pick out of Clemson. And after Jonathan Vilma and Curtis Lofton have spent the better part of the past decade manning the position of middle linebacker for the Saints, the expectations would be high on this rookie coming into his first training camp for the team. And he would not disappoint. After being penciled into the starting lineup from the beginning of camp, Anthony proved very quickly that he was up to the task. By the end of the preseason, he'd began to call the defensive signals for this unit. Although the lion's share of the responsibility for the team finishing the season 7-9 was placed on the shortcomings of the Saints defense, the mid-season changing of coordinators from Rob Ryan to Dennis Allen seemed to turn the page for Anthony and this defense. A late season rally saw the unit finally begin to show some signs of what they were capable of. And they were led by this promising rookie. In Stephone Anthony, the Saints have found a special combination of speed, agility, knowledge, and intelligence. He will make a solid foundation for building the near future of this defense upon. And it's my estimation that this talented rookie is worthy of being selected as the defensive MVP for the New Orleans Saints for 2015."
--Sean Williams ( @drewsdad3721 )
The New Orleans Saints finished the regular season with a 7-9 record and will have the 12th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Brendan Walker is an NFL Analyst for Pro Football Spot. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @b_dog_walker