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Al-Quadin Muhammad, defensive end, pick #196

During the preseason, there was no Saints pass rusher who shifted QBs off their spot more consistently than Muhammad.

He has a mean bullrush, is quick off the snap, and has decent enough bend in his waist to get around offensive tackles.

That’s why it’s a bit of a surprise that he hasn’t played a single defensive snap yet this season. He was inactive in weeks 2 and 3, and in the season opener only made the field on special teams.

It’s not as though the Saints were successful enough in the pass rush not to give him a shot either. Before the team’s breakout 4-sack game against the Panthers, they had only registered 3 sacks through the first two weeks.

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It looks as though Muhammad’s only path to significant playing time would be through injuries to those above him on the depth chart.

After seeing what he’s capable of in the preseason, it seems at the very least he’s a solid insurance policy.


As we head into the quarter-mark of the 2017 season, the Saints rookie class appears to be offering solid returns. Regardless of the team’s record at the end of this season, there’s clearly a strong foundation to build on in the years to come.