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

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October 29, 2011; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Mike Martin (68) sacks Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Caleb TerBush (19) for a safety in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

With the New Orleans Saints revamping the defensive line, we could see players like Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin depart from the team.  Here are some defensive tackle prospects they should take a look at leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.

Mike Martin(Michigan):  For his 2011 season, Martin had 64 tackles with six for a loss and 3.5 sacks.  In Michigan’s victory over Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl he registered 10 tackles and half a sack.

Martin, while lacking some in pass rush, is very strong in the run game and has a reputation of being able to shed blockers.  Martin while playing tackle also has the ability to play a nose tackle if needed.  He’s graded on average as a third round pick.

Jerel Worthy(Michigan State):  Worthy was voted in 2011 to the All-Big Ten First Team and also First Team All-American.  He registered 25 tackles with 8.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks during 2011.

Worthy is noted for having very good speed and initial burst to be able to get to the backfield.  He has the ability to win at the snap of the ball and can garner double teams.

The only thing working against Worthy is he came out his junior year and still needs some time to perfect his technique,  but he can learn quickly under the right coach at the next level.  He’s graded as a possible second round pick, but may move up.

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Topics: 2012 NFL Combine, 2012 Nfl Draft, Aubrayo Franklin, Billy Winn, Boise State, Brandon Thompson, Cincinnati, Clemson, Derek Wolfe, Jerel Worthy, Michigan, Michigan State, Mike Martin, New Orleans Saints, Shaun Rogers

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