Out of all the Saints draft picks this year probably no one is happier to be a member of the black and gold than fourth round draft choice defensive tackle Al Woods.
Woods, a home grown talent born and raised in Elton, La., grew up a Saints fan before enrolling at LSU in 2006 after becoming one of the top high school prospects in the country at defensive tackle to gradually become a full time starter for the Tigers starting all thirteen games in 2009.
Woods would go on to have an impressive series of workouts prior to the draft that peaked the interest of several teams sending him shooting up draft boards, the Saints included, which prompted a pre-draft visit with the defending Super Bowl champs.
Afterwards he expressed his excitement about the visit and shock that the Saints were even interested in bringing him in for a meet and greet, obviously they were more than just interested in Woods moving up in the fourth round to select him.
Since that faithful moment fans have praised the selection of Woods and he himself has gone record to say that him becoming a Saint is more than a dream come true and that he is willing to do anything it takes to stick with the team.
"“When they moved up to get me and I got the phone call, my heart just kind of exploded,” said Woods, “I was jumping around in the yard. And me and my dad started crying together. It was just a great feeling.“Everybody knows they’re world champions, but I like watching the d-line, watching starter Sedrick Ellis. I try to mimic what he does sometimes. It’s going to be great that I can play on the side of him. It’s going to be a dream come true. I just can’t wait, I’m so excited. I’m just ready to go down there and come to work.”“Wherever they put me, they’re going to have a great person to stop the run and a great person to rush the passer. I’m going to do whatever it takes,” said Woods, “a person that will give it all to the team.”"
A valuable addition to the team Woods may prove to be a real commodity for the Saints down the stretch and by all accounts seems primed to have a breakout season, there is certainly no doubt he is willing to do whatever it takes to be successful.