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Arkansas safety Jerico Nelson works out for the New Orleans Saints

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The New Orleans Saints continue to bring in another draft prospect that is a Louisiana native and has another connection with others that were brought in as well like Arkansas safety Jerico Nelson.

Nelson left the Razorbacks with a very good college career.  In his four years, he totaled 268 tackles with 27 for a loss,  10.5 sacks, 12 passes defended, two forced fumbles with two recoveries, and four interceptions.

At 5’10, 216 pounds Nelson had a good Pro Day workout for Arkansas.  While he had a good performance in all the drills, his 40 yard dash time went well as he was clocked at a 4.56.  A decent time for someone with his size and at a strong safety position.

Nelson is similar to some of the other draft prospects the Saints have brought in because he is a Louisiana native.  He was raised in Destrehan, La. where he also played high school football.  The similar upbringing of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed.

Another connection that Nelson has with the other prospects is where they are ranked on many draft sites.  Currently, Nelson isn’t ranked even in the seventh round, meaning he could likely become an undrafted free agent.

Tight end Ladarius Green from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette is really the only high ranking prospect that the team has brought in.  Currently, Green has been projected on average to be a late third or high fourth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.