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20. David Hawthorne

September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne (57) against the Washington Redskins during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Redskins defeated the Saints 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently the scheme change is not an issue for David Hawthorne, as he played a key role in the team’s win over the Falcons.

Hawthorne four total tackles and one tackle for a loss as a major factor in the middle of the defense. Those are not eye-popping numbers, but having a solid presence in the middle makes all the difference in a new scheme.