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.