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Saints Schedule Meeting With Yet Another Draft Prospect In South Carolina Linebacker Eric Norwood


General manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton continue to interview potential draftees having already met with UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price, TCU linebacker Daryl Washington, Tulane wide receiver Jeremy Williams and Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer.

This trend will continue most likely right up to draft day as they have now scheduled a visit with South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood.

Norwood, 6’1” 245, recorded 81 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions and one touchdown for the Gamecocks in 2009. He finished his four-year career at South Carolina with 254 tackles and 29 sacks.

Considered a tweener type DE/LB scouts question where he will land at the pro level even though he had his most productive season his senior year when he was moved to OLB and allowed to rush the passer from a standing position.

He has been compared favorably to Elvis Dumervil of the Denver Broncos, who racked up 17 sacks during the 2009-2010 season, and is held in high regard for his leadership and production while at South Carolina as he is the all time leader there in sacks (29) and tackles for loss (54.5).

The only knock on the kid is his poor 40 yard dash time after  posting a 4.74 at the combine.

Currently he is ranked as the 8th best outside linebacker in the draft and 71st best prospect overall carrying a second to third round grade.

Norwood has already met with the Pittsburgh Steelers and besides his visit with the Saints has a meeting lined up with the Atlanta Falcons among others.

It’s clear the Saints brass has a strong desire to draft a linebacker projected to play outside in the NFL after bringing in their third for a pre-draft visit in as many weeks to help fill the void left by Scott Fujita, who signed with Cleveland earlier this off-season.

Many feel the Saints most pressing need is at defensive end after the team parted ways with long time starter Charles Grant.

However they recently signed former Bears defensive end Alex Brown to a two year deal and have lined up a visit with free agent defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson which could impact them drafting a defensive end with their first two picks in the upcoming draft.

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