July 27, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Nick Toon (88) makes a one handed catch during training camp at the team

Who Dat Dish: New Orleans Saints News, Rumors and Links for 4/12

The New Orleans saints continue to weight their options in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft by bringing in a variety of players you may have heard of—and a few who will make you scratch your head.

In this edition of the Who Dat Dish, we’ll take a look at the Saints new defense, players who must step up next season and two new NFL draft candidates visiting New Orleans in the near future.

Let’s take a look.


NOLA.com Expects Three Second-Year Player to be Huge Next Season

Per Mike Triplett:

Three of the Saints’ 2012 picks – fourth-round receiver Nick Toon, sixth-round guardAndrew Tiller and seventh-round offensive tackle Marcel Jones – spent all of last season on injured reserve. But all three are back to 100 percent health as the team is set to begin its offseason conditioning program Monday.

General Manager Mickey Loomis is optimistic about the role all three of them can play this year. For one thing, they all showed some impressive glimpses last summer before getting hurt. For another, the second NFL season is when most young players take their biggest leap.


NOLA.com Reports Lawrence Okoye Will Visit Saints

Per Nakia Hogan:

Before Okoye’s dazzling workout in Dallas, he was a relative unknown in football circles. However, he was a budding star in track and field. The British national record holder in the discus, Okoye finished 12th in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

But last week, the 6-foot-5, 304-pound Okoye ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds. He also posted a 4.38-second short shuttle, had a 10-foot-5 broad jump and a 35-inch vertical jump.

According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Okoye was “unbelievably active and incredibly explosive in drills. It was a real, first-class show.”


Jarvis Jones May be Visiting the Saints Sunday

Per Jones’ Twitter:



Bleacher Report’s Knox Bardeen Tells You What to Expect from the New 3-4

Per Bardeen:

Ryan’s 3-4 defense isn’t necessarily the cookie-cutter 3-4 that most teams unwrap and roll onto the field. Ryan’s is far more motion-based than most, a technique use to unhinge blocking schemes and get multiple rushers into the quarterback’s face.

In Ryan’s 3-4 defense, the only piece that isn’t mobile or able to move around in a pre-snap flurry is the defensive tackle. Expect to see defensive ends and every linebacker move around in an attempt to make sure offensive linemen can’t key in on a personnel assignment.


ICYMI: We Reported on Yet Another Mock Draft Picking Jarvis Jones for the Saints

ICYMI: We Broke Down Exactly What the Signing of Jason Smith Means for the Saints Next Year.

ICYMI: Our Very Own Ian-Mitchell Dear Provides a Scouting Report on Potential Saints Targete Barkevious Mingo. 


That’s all the news and links surrounding the Saints today, but check back in tomorrow for the most updated news on the web. While waiting, shoot us your thoughts on Twitter @whodatdish and Like us on Facebook.

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