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.
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.
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:
@Swish519 na I don't.. Going to N.O. Sunday
— Jarvis Jones (@SacManJones_29) April 11, 2013
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.
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