Dec 29, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive end Alex Okafor (80) reacts against the Oregon State Beavers during the second half of the Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome. Texas beat Oregon State 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Who Dat Dish: New Orleans Saints News, Rumors and Links for 4/18

The New Orleans Saints are visiting more NFL draft prospects as the NFL draft is about a week away, while current members of the team continue to workout in the team’s offseason program and stay active in charity.

Of course, what woulds the NFL be like a week out from the draft with at least one new mock draft popping up every day? We have that and more in this edition of the Who Dat Dish. Read on.

 

ESPN Revealed Steve Gleason Will Announce Saints’ 3rd-Round Pick:

Per Pat Yasinskas:

 Former New Orleans defensive back and special-teams ace Steve Gleason will make the announcement when the Saints make their third-round pick in next week’s draft.

Gleason forever claimed a spot in New Orleans lore when he blocked a punt in the first game in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. But Gleason, who now is dealing with ALS, has become a motivational figure that goes way beyond football.

 

Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks Stay Active in Charity Work This Offseason:

Per Saints.com:

 Rotolo’s Pizzeria, the official pizza of the New Orleans Saints, surprised students of St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie on Wednesday, Apr. 17, with an afternoon visit by defensive end Cameron Jordan and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks.

The players teamed up with Rotolo’s to stress the importance of reading through the Roloto’s Literacy Program.

Jordan stressed to the students the importance of paying attention in class.  He said, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  There is no such thing as a dumb question.”

Hicks talked about how important it is to read everyday and how he continues to read in his spare time while playing in the National Football League.

 

Sean Fazende Reports Penn St. LB Gerald Hodges is Visiting With the Team:

 

 

Bleacher Report’s Will Osgood Published His Latest Mock With Alex Okafor Going in the 1st Round:

Per Osgood:

Rob Ryan played two true defensive ends—Demarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer—at outside linebacker the past two seasons. Don’t think the thick Okafor won’t be asked to do the same. At 6’5”, 264 pounds, Okafor may seem like a better fit as a 4-3 DE. Don’t believe that lie. He is more than capable of excelling in a 3-4.

He is more than capable of holding the point of attack against the run—which is a major requirement in Ryan’s defense. He’ll be able to cover running back and tight ends just well enough—which frankly, Ryan would never ask of him anyway.

Most importantly, he’s the most complete pass-rusher in this draft. That’s what the Saints need. If Mingo is unavailable, Okafor is the obvious selection.

 

ICYMI: Mel Kiper Has a New Mock Out With the Saints Choosing Manti Te’o — We Analyze it Here. 

ICYMI: We Got Together With Some NFC South Representatives and Talked Free Agency, Draft Etc. Pt. 1

ICYMI: We Got Together With Some NFC South Representatives and Talked Free Agency, Draft Etc. Pt. 1

 

That’s all the Saints news and links for today, but sure to check in tomorrow as we’ll update you with the latest. In the meantime contact us on Twitter @whodatdish or on Facebook.

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