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frankeefrank 04-26-2007 06:02 PM

Our starting D
With agreements made Thursday, Jason David and Charles Grant...
I starte to put the pieces together.
Here are our starters

LDE - Charles Grant - W/ Will Smith, a tandem as good as it gets on the end in the league

DT- Hollis Thomas - Not bad, but aging

DT- Bryan Young - High motor guy who at this point in his career would be best served (and would best serve the team) rotating with a younger player

RDE - Will Smith - Perrennial Pro Bowler?

SLB - Scott Fujita - Stable, smart

MLB - Mark Simoneau - If Simmons can contribute, this will be a our best sub

WLB - Scott Shanle - Team showed their love, and tape shows he can play. Break out season in '08?

LCB - Mike Mackenzie - I Still consider him a top 10 CB in the league. Had a nack for making hte big play in '07

SS- Roman Harper - Excited to see this guy play again. He started well before the injury. sky is the limit

FS - Josh Bullucks - Misses too many plays for my liking. But he's young and capable. Kase's addition to the position will make bullucks better

RCB - Jason David - Starter from the Super Bowl Champions and he's 24.

Love our secondary right now before the draft. If we keep Thomas, that means Gibbs can pick from Anwar Phillips (good young talent), Jaon Craft and Freddy T as a nickel back

DL - Lake, Cooper and Whitehead are decent but we can improve with a young talented player here.

LB - Need the best player available to make this a solid unit

WE can always get more talented on this side of the ball.

SaintPauly 04-26-2007 06:13 PM

I would really like to pick up a monster DT in the draft, at some point. Big, but quick, so Hollis won't be getting all of the double teams, all the time. Grant also needs to work on getting to the outside alot quicker. I guess with upgrades at LB, maybe he won't have to worry about it as much. But I know this.... I WANT MORE TURNOVERS THIS SEASON. We didn't get enough last year. I still like the idea, of a ball hawk FS, in the draft, maybe in the first round even. Playmakers, that's what this defense lacked last season.

hagan714 04-26-2007 07:50 PM

I want 2 DT in the draft. one pure 43 DT and other a DT/DE.

saintsrule 04-26-2007 08:24 PM

That defense looks great, but obivously they might want some young depth(which is what the draft is for when the team is already good), they might get one player, for each section of the defense(DL, LB, and CB).

JOESAM2002 04-26-2007 08:41 PM

Believe it or not I want Walter Thomas somehow to spell our defensive tackles. As long as it's free agent or very low pick. If this guy can play 25% of the plays he makes the line that much better.

UK_WhoDat 04-26-2007 09:53 PM

Walter Thomas. That is a stretch. Weight (pun) you may be right, but he does not have a great deal going for him really. But did you did say as a FA.

I am having a deep problem finding a good DT that will be there for the Saints. So let me go on a flyer. Utes man Soliai, and lots of caoching!

JOESAM2002 04-26-2007 10:08 PM

If he can make it through training camp in Jackson, he can make it in the dome. remember, I was in Jackson last year for 3 weeks, if I can take that heat then so can he. Besides, he'd get paid more than me. All I'd want from him is 20 to 25% of the defensive plays.

blacksaint 04-26-2007 10:36 PM

Nice lineup but , you kind of forgot about a couple of starters. First, we didn't sign MLB Brian Simmons to ride the bench and second, we didn't sign S Kevin Kaesviharn and his ball hawking skills to ride the pine. I think that will be our starting line up with the exception of K.K. at one of the safety position and Simmons at MLB.

jergensl 04-26-2007 10:48 PM

i would love to see the saints trade up to get that young dt from louisville...not even going to try to spell his name

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