Linebackers the New Orleans Saints should look at in the 2012 NFL Draft

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Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash (14) fumbles from a tackle by Oklahoma Sooners linebacker/defensive end Ronnell Lewis (56) (Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

The New Orleans Saints have been needing to upgrade at the linebacker position since 2010.  Though they don’t pick until the second round, there are some players that are worth taking a once over.

While the Saints linebacking corps isn’t terrible, it could be considered inconsistent.  Inconsistent in the manner that current players have had to fill in and shift positions constantly.

Jonathan Vilma has been the only stable figure in the past four years and even that is beginning to become shakey since he’s been playing with an injury or has missed playing time because of an injury.

Jo-Lonn Dunbar stepped in nicely for Vilma this season and proved his worth.  Jonathan Casillas was expected to take on a more prominant role, but he too has missed time due to injury.

Scott Shanle does his job but rarely has any “Wow factor” plays.  Will Herring was injured most of the season before going on injured reserve and Ramon Humber was put in his place along with rookie Martez Wilson.

Seventh round 2011 NFL Draft pick Nate Bussey was activated off the practice squad at the end of the season to also pick up the slack left by Herring’s absence.  Too many names for just three linebacker positions.

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Topics: 2011 NFL Draft, 2012 NFL Combine, 2012 Nfl Draft, Bobby Wagner, Courtney Upshaw, Dont'a Hightower, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Jonathan Casillas, Jonathan Vilma, Lavonte David, Martez Wilson, Miami University, Nate Bussey, Nebraska University, New Orleans Saints, Oklahoma University, Ramon Humber, Ronnell Lewis, Scott Shanle, Sean Spence, Senior Bowl, Utah State, Will Herring

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