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.
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.
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:
I can confirm Texas S Kenny Vaccaro's and Penn St. LB Gerald Hodges' #saints visit this wk
— Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) April 16, 2013
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.