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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Candidates for R3 picks: Quinton Carter S - Oklahoma (HT: 6-0⅝ - WT: 211lbs)***** Bruce Carter OLB - North Carolina (HT: 6-3 - WT: 225lbs)**** Mark Herzlich OLB - Boston College (HT: 6-3⅝ - WT: 250lbs)*** Pierre Allen - Nebraska ...

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Old 02-02-2011, 11:42 PM   #161
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Candidates for R3 picks:

Quinton Carter S - Oklahoma (HT: 6-0⅝ - WT: 211lbs)*****

Bruce Carter OLB - North Carolina (HT: 6-3 - WT: 225lbs)****
Mark Herzlich OLB - Boston College (HT: 6-3⅝ - WT: 250lbs)***

Pierre Allen - Nebraska (HT: 6-3⅞ - WT: 273lbs)****
Jeremy Beal DE/OLB - Oklahoma (HT: 6-2⅜ - WT: 268lbs)**

Jarvis Jenkins DT - Clemson (HT: 6-3 - WT: 305lbs) ****
Lawrence Guy DT - Arizona St. (HT: 6-5 - WT: 300lbs) ****

Kendall Hunter RB/KR - Oklahoma St. (HT: 5-6 - WT: 195lbs)**

Joseph Barksdale OT - LSU (HT: 6-5 - WT: 336lbs)**
James Carpenter OT - Alabama (HT: 6-4¾ - WT: 313lbs)***

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Old 02-03-2011, 12:48 AM   #162
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Originally Posted by jeanpierre View Post
their stories of overcoming adversity should also serve them well...
And make them prime targets for the Saints.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:52 AM   #163
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#1: Pass rush specialist
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:38 PM   #164
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Was looking at the R3 pick we got for Jammal Brown in the F***ing we took from the 'skins...

We gave 2005 R1 and 2006 R3 picks to move up three spots in the 2005 draft.

Brown is now a Redskin...so essentially we gave up our 2005 R1.16, 2006 R3.66 for a 2011 R3.10 pick...W-T-F?!?

What else did we give up?

Not that I don't love Drew Brees, but Aaron Rodgers went to the Packers R1.24...d'uoh!

We better damn well get some value back...
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:49 PM   #165
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Apparently per Nola.com the Saints interviewed Pernell McPhee DE MS State

New Orleans Saints DE draft prospects at Senior Bowl: Pernell McPhee, Miss. State | NOLA.com
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:53 PM   #166
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Also Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan had an article as well; he's another savvy Boilermaker as he's not tipping his hand...

New Orleans Saints DE draft prospects at Senior Bowl: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue | NOLA.com
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:06 PM   #167
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From Nola.com

New Orleans Saints DE draft prospects at Senior Bowl: Pierre Allen, Nebraska

...Unlikely as a first-round pick, given his relative inexperience at the DE position. Had 3 1/2 sacks and a conference-best 13 quarterback hurries last season in the Big XII.

"I've talked to just about everybody," he said, including the Saints...
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:49 AM   #168
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Mel Kiper says...

New Orleans Saints Record: 11-5

1/24 *Justin Houston, DE, Georgia

An outside linebacker to some, I see Houston developing into a great edge-rusher as a 4-3 defensive end. The Saints need help at that spot and Houston is a guy who could pay big dividends into the second half of his rookie season as he grows into the role. With great length, quickness and pass-rushing instincts, he'll help the Saints get to opposing QBs without being forced to rely on the blitz.
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New Orleans Saints Record: 11-5

1/24 *Justin Houston, DE, Georgia

An outside linebacker to some, I see Houston developing into a great edge-rusher as a 4-3 defensive end. The Saints need help at that spot and Houston is a guy who could pay big dividends into the second half of his rookie season as he grows into the role. With great length, quickness and pass-rushing instincts, he'll help the Saints get to opposing QBs without being forced to rely on the blitz.
I'm on board with that...

6'-3", 258 lbs

Overview
A former defensive end, Houston became a stand-up pass rusher in Georgia's new 3-4 scheme in 2010. Considering the pass-rushing prowess he'd shown as an undersized defensive end in 2009, he proved to be made for the new role.

After redshirting in 2007, Houston showed flashes of ability in his first season on the field, accumulating 19 tackles and 2.5 sacks despite only starting one game. He started 10 games as a sophomore, earning second-team All-SEC accolades as an undersized defensive end. He posted 39 tackles, including a team-leading 15.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Houston emerged as one of the most feared pass rushers in the SEC in 2010. He had 67 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and finished second in the conference, behind Auburn's Nick Fairley, with 10 sacks. Houston was credited by Georgia with 44 QB hurries -- three times as many as any other Bulldog defender -- and was named All-SEC as a finalist for the Butkus and Nagurski Awards.

Roughly half of the 32 NFL teams use a three-man line as their base defense. Versatile pass rushers like Houston are more valuable than ever. With a season of experience already under his belt -- as opposed to making the transition in training camp -- Houston has an advantage over similarly built athletes yet to prove they can make the switch. He might be viewed as a one-trick pony but, because of his burst off the edge, Houston the potential to be a top-50 pick.

Analysis
Read and React: A work in progress. Typically asked to rush the passer in the Georgia scheme but shows moderate overall awareness dropping into coverage. Locates the ball quickly and shows good flexibility and balance to scrape and pursue.

Run Defense: Lacks the bulk to move back to defensive end on a full-time basis in the NFL. As a linebacker, has good upper-body strength and arm length to fight off blocks at the point of attack. Locates the ball quickly. Keeps blockers off his chest and shows some explosiveness in his hands to disengage. Good balance and lateral agility to keep his feet while fighting through blocks.

Pass Defense: At his best rushing upfield. Fires off the snap with an explosive burst from a three-point stance and as a stand-up pass rusher. Shows some agility to elude blockers. Good flexibility and balance to dip under the blocker's reach and the burst to plant his foot and drive toward the ballcarrier. Has a closing burst when the ball is near.

Tackling: Has good but not elite lateral agility to break down in the open field to make one-on-one tackles. Good strength for the drag-down tackle. Generates explosiveness as a hitter, bringing his hips through to launch himself into the ballcarrier. Has the awareness to attempt to knock the ball out in pursuit but had only two forced fumbles in three seasons.

Pass Rush/Blitz: His greatest strength is his explosive burst upfield. Varies his speed off the edge, showing the speed to cross the pass blocker's face and beat him around the corner, as well as the quick feet and balance to fake outside and cut back inside. Learning to use his hands, but is not as developed in this area as you might expect, considering his time as a defensive end. Relies on his burst to beat blockers, and lacks a repertoire of rush moves. A bit of a one-trick pony. Too often stymied when his speed off the edge is contained.

Intangibles: Wrestled with the decision to leave school early. Was thought to be leaning that way, but reconsidered amidst private and public "re-recruiting" by the Georgia coaches. Ultimately declared on January 15, the NFL-imposed deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft. Was suspended in May 2009 for reportedly violating university substance abuse policy.

Kinda small but could probably still grow some, and still needs work, but a good prospect.

Kinda sounds a lot like Junior Galette.
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Was reading ESPN and saw this guy's draft stock is rising. JT Thomas from West Virginia... could be a nice Shanle replacement:

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/notebook?page=draftbuzz0204
Up: West Virginia LB J.T Thomas -- He's coming off a good week of practice at the Texas vs. Nation All-Star Game, where Thomas showed natural instincts, easy lateral movement and good athleticism and range. He finds the ball quickly and is a solid open-field tackler and can contribute on third down with his ability to cover underneath zones and match up with backs and tight ends in man coverage. He lacks ideal size and can get engulfed at the point of attack at times, but Thomas looks like a good fit at weakside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, where he could be protected and allowed to run to the ball. Overall, Thomas has moved himself from a fringe pick to a mid-round possibility.
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