Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor has also been linked to the Saints which is ironic considering scouts see his place in the NFL as a nose tackle inside a 3-4 scheme given his monstrous 6 foot 3 340 pound frame.
The Saints surely recognize Taylor’s upside as run stuffer, perhaps the best in the draft, and no doubt have considered his potential when lined up next to Ellis.
It’s clear the Saints are dedicated to beefing up their defensive line this offseason and improving their run defense, although it seems like a long shot that they take a defensive tackle with the 24th pick.
A week after their playoff loss to the Seahawks the Saints stocked the roster with defensive tackles adding three by signing Swanson Miller, Mitch King and Tom Johnson.
While King and Miller may not make the final roster Johnson was an All-Star in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders and is likely to stick with the team next season. He also agree to a three-year deal with the Saints on January 22nd.
Then there is the acquisition of Shaun Rogers who agreed to a one-year four million dollar contract withthe Saints after his release from the Cleveland Browns. Rogers is considered among the best run stuffers in the league, but at 32 years of age is more a band-aid then a long term solution.