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

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Right defensive end Will Smith has been one of the best defensive players for the Saints over recents years. Last season he managed only 5.5 sacks after posting 13 sacks in 2009. Jordan’s addition should help bring some of the attention off Smith on the opposite side.

It’s alot like the effect Shaun Rogers will have on team mate Sedrick Ellis, who battled double teams most of last season and still managed to lead the Saints in sacks with six. Though process — Jordan helps Smith and Rogers helps Ellis.

Lastly there is defensive end Greg Romeus who was selected towards the end of the seventh round. Admittedly the first though that crosses most fans minds when thinking of seventh round picks — “special teams player if they can make the final roster at all”.

Tell that to Marques Coslton who was a seventh round pick in 2006. He’s only caught everything thrown his way while amassing over 5,000 receiving yards in five NFL seasons.

However Romeus is an intringuing prospect, once one hailed as a potenital first or second round pick. Injury wiped that all way, but if he is able stay healthy expect him to become an impact player with the Saints in the future. Worst case scenario he can provide depth as a quality backup.

All of these players join and already talented group of defensive lineman — others that include Remi Ayodele, Anthony Hargrove, Jeff Charleston, Junior Gallette and Jimmy Wilkerson — giving the Saints plenty of options next season. They can only hope that they’ve done enough to make a difference.

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