New Orleans Saints Select LSU Defensive Tackle Al Woods In The 4th Round

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, 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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  • Mike

    I am proud to be from Louisiana.I am very proud to be a Saints and an LSU fan.Bravo for the Saints in picking a Louisiana College graduate.
    I would love to see the Saints win another Super Bowl, but it would be so extra special to win the Super Bowl in New Orleans in 2013. I think I’ll start praying now.

  • Carolyn Ann Lewis (woods)

    I am proud to be Louisiana native. But, I am most proud of being raised in Elton, LA. I’m the proud Cousin of the LSU draft pick for the New Orleans Saints. I take my hat off to our grand Super Bowl Team. Keep the good works up. I will continue to lift the New Orleans Saints Team in prayers.

  • Evette Langham

    I have always been a fan of the Saints for many years. This coming year, not only will I be a fan but a proud supporter of my cousin AL Woods, Jr. who was recently drafted. I grew up in the home town of AJ and he has definitely put Elton, Louisiana on the MAP. Love ya AJ and WHO DAT!!!!!!!!!

  • Thomas Nelson

    What a Great Selection in Al Woods!! There’s a lot of folks in SW Louisiana that’s applauding this pick. You not only got a great young athelic, but a well raised, polite, Christine Gentleman. Thanks for making a Great choice and “Raising the Bar”!