New Orleans Saints: 3 reasons why Zack Baun can replace Kiko Alonso

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - NOVEMBER 30: Zack Baun #56 of the Wisconsin Badgers tackles Shannon Brooks #4 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second quarter of the game at TCF Bank Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - NOVEMBER 30: Zack Baun #56 of the Wisconsin Badgers tackles Shannon Brooks #4 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second quarter of the game at TCF Bank Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Number Two: Ability

Kiko Alonso has always been known as a physical linebacker who is an above-average tackler and has a knack for finding the football. Alonso has struggled with injuries throughout his career and has only played a full 16 games twice in his career.

Zack Baun is very dependable and is in great shape to play a full 16 games and more.

Alonso is coming off his second ACL tear and as a 30-year-old linebacker, that’s no easy task coming back from an injury that severe. Alonso still has the ability to be on the roster, but I think a younger, healthier Baun should get the starting nod instead.

Baun will enter the Big Easy after a terrific season at Wisconsin. Baun put up 75 totaled tackles and 12.5 sacks.

The latter of those numbers speak volumes. Baun can flat out get to the quarterback. Although a major change in the league, it’s tough to look at Alonso and see a player that’s as competent as a pass rusher. The veteran has just three sacks in over 85 games in the NFL.

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