Defensive ends the New Orleans Saints should look at in the 2012 NFL Draft

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Oct 21, 2011; Syracuse NY, USA; Syracuse Orange defensive end Chandler Jones (99) lines up for a play against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated West Virginia 49-23. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

With the NFL Combine in full swing, the offensive players are going through their workouts.  On Monday, we’ll get to see the defensive lineman do their drills and here are some prospects the New Orleans Saints should be scouting for the 2012 NFL Draft.

Nick Perry(Southern Cal):  As a Trojan, Perry finished his junior year voted to the 2011 All-PAC-12 Conference First Team.  He had 9.5 sacks, 54 tackles with 13 for a loss, 3 deflected passes, and 3 forced fumbles.

Perry has been projected by some scouts to be a speedy “tweener” who could also play an outside linebacker in the NFL, especially in a 3-4 defense.  He was weighing in at 250 lbs., but weighed in at the NFL Combine at 271 lbs.

He could be a good fit in Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s pass rush scheme if he can play the “tweener” role while keeping his speed.  Some boards have Perry going in the first round, while others have him in the second round.

Vinny Curry(Marshall):  Curry was selected to the 2011 Conference USA First Team his senior year.  He had an impressive season with 77 tackles with 21.5 for a loss, six forced fumbles, three blocked kicks, and eleven sacks.

Curry is also another “tweener” who could be asked to play the linebacker role in the NFL.  Curry weighed in at the NFL Combine at 266 lbs.  Most scouts are giving Curry the nod to be a second round draft pick.

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