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Saints Hoping Enough Has Been Done To Improve Defensive Line In 2011

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The New Orleans Saints weren’t suppoused to lose to the Seattle Seahawks in last years play-off game, but thats’ exactly what happened. Some blame strong safety Roman Harper, others the injuries to key player makers, in the end however it was the total collapse of the defense.

One of the Saint primary concerns this off-season was to address the defensive line play, by an means necessary — which was evident as they immediately signed three defensive lineman after the play-off lost.

Defensive tackles Tom Johsnon, Mitch King and Swanson Miller were all brought in for a chance to compete for playing time. Johnson, a CFL all-star, worked out for several NFL teams — the Packers, Eagles, Steelers and Redskins — but was signed by the Saints amidst lofty expecations.

Later in free agency the Saints signed Shaun Rogers after his release from the Cleveland Browns. Rogers is still one of the leagues top defensive tackles when utilized properly, despite some rocky seasons with the Browns, and hopes are he can (and should) return to pro bowl from inside the more familair 4-3 defense.

With the lockout erasing traditional free agency, the Saints looked to the draft to continue their improvement of the defense. New Orleans drafted six total players, five on defense, inlcuding two defensive lineman — taking defensive end Cameron Jordan in the fist round and defensive end Greg Romeus in the seventh round.

Jordan was heralded as one of the best, if not the best defensive end in the draft. Luckily an early run on offensive skill players slide him into range of the Saints 24th pick and their was just no passing him.

The Saints are hoping Jordan can contribute day one. He will provide direct competition to staring left defensive end Alex Brown (39 tackles, 2 sacks), with the expectation that he will eventually unseat the aging veteran and permanently secure the starting role.

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