What’s the New Orleans Saints’ plan without Hau’oli Kikaha?

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Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates following a sack on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates following a sack on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 3, 2015; White Sulphur Springs, WV, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Davis Tull (55) watches during training camp at The Greenbrier. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2015; White Sulphur Springs, WV, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Davis Tull (55) watches during training camp at The Greenbrier. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports /

Davis Tull, #55

An argument could be made to include Davis Tull in this year’s rookie class, and I’ll be happy to stand up for it.  Tull missed out on his 2015 debut with a torn labrum injury in his shoulder, but is healthy and ready to show off what he can do as a weakside end in absence of Hau’oli Kikaha.

Tull is an athletic freak, having logged a 1.52-second 10-yard dash and 42.5-inch vertical jump at 246-pounds at Chattanooga’s pro day.  He’s ridiculously explosive and flashed that natural ability briefly in last year’s preseason games.  The outrageous numbers Tull collected at end in his college career (37 sacks, 60 tackles for loss, and 10 forced fumbles) are enticing.

The biggest concerns for Tull’s transition to the NFL are the leap in competition from Chattanooga as well as the health of his surgically-repaired and rehabilitated labrum.  An overrated problem may be his short arm length; his arms measure in at 31.25-inches in length, a full three inches shorter than the average NFL offensive tackle.  That won’t be an issue if Tull can be as quick as he’s shown in the past.

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