New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis announced today that the club has signed rookie LB Nate Bussey, who was the Saints’ second selection in the seventh round of 2011 NFL Draft (243rd overall).
The Saints obtained the pick as a compensatory draft pick in 2011.
The 6-2, 220-pound Bussey was the second Illini linebacker selected by the Saints in the 2011 NFL Draft. As a senior starting Linebacker, he excelled,
finishing with 83 tackles and tied for the Big Ten Conference lead, he also had three fumble recoveries. His college career with 156 tackles,
1.5 sacks, one interception, five pass defenses, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt in four years, while starting the final 18 games of his career.
Former Illini teammates and current NFL players are Arrelious Benn (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Vontae Davis (CB, Miami Dolphins). Bussey majored in communications while at Illinois.
Bussy should be able to help in the defensive rotation that Greg Williams has installed, while also helping out on special teams.
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