Finally the Saints draft a position of need after taking several players through the first three rounds that were the “best players available” and not a big need such as offensive tackle Charles Brown out of USC and tight end Jimmy Graham out of Miami.
The Saints moved up in the fourth round to select another LSU prospect with the 125th pick choosing defensive tackle Al Woods.
The trade consisted of Arizona’s 125th pick for the Saints 130th pick and 201st pick in the sixth round.
Woods was quickly rising up draft boards prior to the draft after impressive off-season workouts and he currently is ranked as the 81st best prospect overall and the 11th best defensive tackle in the draft.
In four seasons at LSU Woods was primarily a backup seeing playing time in 40 games but leading into the end of the 2008 season saw an increase in playing time starting 15 of 22 games for the Tigers through the 2009 season.
He finishes his career at LSU tallying 70 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 pass deflections.
The Saints brought Woods in for a pre-draft meeting the week before the draft and after he, a sponsored athlete via LockerBlogger.com, posted his feelings regarding his time with the Super Bowl XLIV Champs saying, “It was a dream come true to meet with the Saints.”
He provides immediate depth at defensive tackle and can even compete for starting time alongside entrenched starter Sedrick Ellis. A big strong and athletic tackle he should be more than effective as a run defender.
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