As our rankings continue after David Onyemata came in at No. 25, linebacker Alex Anzalone is now on the clock, listed as the Saints’ 24th-best player.
The New Orleans Saints have one of the most loaded rosters in the NFL. Improving this offseason, the team was able to bring in some solid talent to help out both on their offense and defense. One such player they’ll hope to see take the field this year is linebacker Alex Anzalone.
They really need a solid season from Anzalone. Their linebacking corps is arguably the weakest and thinnest unit on the team. After playing in just two games last season, Anzalone went down with a season-ending injury.
He’s back now, and hopefully, he’ll be better than ever. Anzalone was originally a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. That was the same round that the Saints selected superstar running back Alvin Kamara.
Anzalone played and started four games his rookie season before partaking in all 16 during his second season in the league. That season, he managed to start seven games, totaling 59 tackles and two sacks.
Expected to be a starter, Anzalone has some competition with Zack Baun and Kiko Alonso on the roster. As on outside linebacker, Anzalone may struggle for snaps, but the team should still have faith in him.
Anzalone could easily be a breakout star for this team, and if he can take his play to the level, this defense could be among the best in the NFC. That said, for his agility, his potential, and his impact, Anzalone came in at No. 24, one ahead of David Onyemata.
Of our ten-plus writers, Anzalone averaged a 21.4 rank. He was left out of our 12 individual top-25 rankings three times. Anzalone was one of two linebackers to crack our top-25 rankings.
That said, stay tuned as our rankings continue tomorrow.