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saintfan 02-14-2013 02:55 PM

When the Saints Go "DT" Who Will It Be?
 
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A defensive scheme change and the possibility of losing six-year starting defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis to free agency make it a high probability the New Orleans Saints will be searching throughout this offseason for at least one new defensive tackle.

Luckily for the Saints, the defensive tackle position is "flat-out loaded," according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. Former NFL scout and NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah didn't disagree with Kiper's sentiments, saying there's a ton of talent at that spot, as well.

Kiper said a team like the Saints could find quality defensive linemen in this year's draft anywhere from Rounds 1-4 with players who can play the nose, three technique or five technique.


New Orleans Saints can find defensive tackle help in April's NFL draft, experts say | NOLA.com

FinSaint 02-14-2013 04:02 PM

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I think a lot will depend on how these guys (DTs) perform in the combine, because those results will go a long way in to determining who'll be available for the Saints at a given time regardless of where they are on the Saints' board.

Danno 02-14-2013 04:12 PM

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A lot will also depend on free agency. If we sign two competent 3-4 NT's I could see us not drafting one at all.

triman 02-14-2013 05:26 PM

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DL are what this draft is full of load up. Its like a tomcat make enough calls and you get kittens!!!

Danno 02-14-2013 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by triman (Post 479932)
DL are what this draft is full of load up. Its like a tomcat make enough calls and you get kittens!!!

True, and we likely will draft one, but we could also use a stud OT, CB (or two), OLB (or two), FS, SS, DE and even WR.

saintfan 02-14-2013 05:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Danno (Post 479934)
True, and we likely will draft one, but we could also use a stud OT, CB (or two), OLB (or two), FS, SS, DE and even WR.

I'd almost rather see us wait until round 3 for a DT/DE and go OL with our first pick otherwise BPA with pick #1...

lumm0x 02-14-2013 05:40 PM

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I think depending on the RFA offer he receives we might spend a draft pick to take a flier on Steelers Steve Mclendon. If his tender is low enough he might be worth grabbing as he knows the 3-4 NT position and shows some promise.

saintsfan403 02-14-2013 05:51 PM

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I want to see us draft mingo as an OLB or rush end...based on us already having hicks and bunkley

Seer1 02-14-2013 05:53 PM

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We trade our one for a high two and a three, pick up Brandon Williams in the second and sign a very good LB out of FA.

ChrisXVI 02-14-2013 06:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Seer1 (Post 479946)
We trade our one for a high two and a three, pick up Brandon Williams in the second and sign a very good LB out of FA.

You beat me to the Brandon Williams idea! I was going to say use our 1st round pick on the 3-4 outside linebacker and hope that Brandon Williams is there for our 3rd round pick. I think we could still keep our 1st round pick and trade up in the 3rd round if he's still available after the 2nd round for just a later pick or two. Might be worth it.


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