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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; After the choices of WR Devery Henderson and LB Courtney Watson in the second round, the Saints made a deal with Washington. The Saints moved up 12 spots in the fifth round to #139 and also received the Redskins' second ...

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Old 05-15-2004, 10:12 AM   #1
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After the choices of WR Devery Henderson and LB Courtney Watson in the second round, the Saints made a deal with Washington.

The Saints moved up 12 spots in the fifth round to #139 and also received the Redskins' second round selection in the 2005 Draft as Washington moved down to the Saints' original pick at #151 and also received New Orleans' third round pick.

At #151, the Saints selected one of the strongest players available in the draft as they took UCLA DT Rodney Leisle.

Leisle (pronounced: leslie), a strapping 6-3, 309-pounder from Bakersfield, Calif., was very effective against the run for the Bruins as he had 40 total tackles and contributed three sacks in 2003.

"Rodney is a tough, hard-nosed player," said Saints Director of Player Personnel Rick Mueller. "He is a guy who can probably play the three-technique and the nose. He bends well and plays with good leverage. He's a really good player against the run, a tremendous worker and a great person. He's another one of those lunch pail guys and we can't get enough of those."


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Old 05-17-2004, 08:35 AM   #2
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\"He is a guy who can probably play the three-technique and the nose.\"
What, exactly is the three-technique? I\'m familar with the nose : )
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Old 05-17-2004, 12:35 PM   #3
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[from NFL.com]
\"Sullivan has been lining up at nose tackle, a position usually associated with the lone occupant in the middle of a three-man front. The Saints still employ a four-man look, but their tackles aren\'t designated in normal left-right terms. Sullivan is on the nose, directly across from the center, and a \"three-technique\" tackle lines up on one side of Sullivan or the other in an effort to exploit certain blockers or blocking schemes, or just to create confusion.\"
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Old 05-17-2004, 12:43 PM   #4
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That\'s pretty good info no_clone. I was never really sure about that before.
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Old 05-17-2004, 01:33 PM   #5
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aahhh , okay thanks !
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Old 05-17-2004, 06:10 PM   #6
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More specifically, the three technique DT lines up on the outside shoulder of a guard. It was in a recent issue of Sporting News in a great article called Copy Pats about multiple-look schemes, focusing on the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses.
But I digress. This is Danno\'s forte not mine.

Speaking of Danno, where are you brother? I left this question for you because your answer would probably have been better.
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Old 05-17-2004, 06:18 PM   #7
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Speaking of Danno, where are you brother?
I\'ve been wondering where he\'s at myself. Danno puts a lot of thought in his posts and I enjoy reading them. Come back Danno, come back!!

And saintfan. I don\'t see you posting very much anymore either. What\'s the deal?
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:13 PM   #8
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Kenny Wilkerson of wwl870am tonight said that when Lielse came in for rookie camp upon touring the facility he picked up Sullivans jersey and quipped \" I\'m gonna take this guys job\".
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