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New Orleans Saints: Free Agency and Potential 2012 Draft Picks

By Editorial Staff
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On the draft front: The combine will be here before we know it. Its gets exciting to look at potential draft picks, follow college pro day workouts, and get a chance to look at players before and after the combine.

A couple of player’s the Saints should have on their radar are linebacker’s Luke Kuechly, out of Boston College, and Dont’a Hightower out of Alabama.

Kuechly was a two-time consensus All American Selection, who won the Butkus Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski and the Lott IMPACT trophy in 2011.

He led the nation the last two years in tackles — 191 in 2011 and 183 in 2010 —  and could be a great fit with teams that play the 4-3 defense.

He also has great cover skills which makes him a valuable player to try and get when you consider that in Spagnuolo’s defense linebacker’s are call on to cover more often then not.

Dont’a Hightower was a First team All-SEC All American, and a finalist for the Butkus, Lombardi, Lott IMPACT  and the Chuck Bednarik awards for the 2011 season.

While at Alabama, Hightower started and played in 40 games and was an integral part of two championship teams.

While Luke Kuechly is projected to go in the first round of the 2012 draft, and the Saints don’t have a first round draft pick, (traded to New England), you never know whats going to happen on draft day.

Just look at what the Saints did last year for example, but if Kuechly is gone,  Hightower may still be on the board when the Saints pick at #59 and could be someone they consider drafting.