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New Orleans Saints: 6 free agent defensive line targets

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 02: Under laser lights, Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Seattle Seahawks is introduced before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on December 02, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Seahawks won, 37-30. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 02: Under laser lights, Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Seattle Seahawks is introduced before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on December 02, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Seahawks won, 37-30. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /
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Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Kawann Short

A 6-foot-3, 315-pound defensive tackle, Short, a two-time Pro Bowler, missed just two games from 2015-2018. Well, in the last two years, he’s managed snaps in just five games. That’s why the Saints should look to slide in and make an offer.

Short has the talent, but he may not have the market with his inability to stay on the court. Short was released by the Panthers last month. The Saints should be one of the many teams that place a bet on the injury-prone tackle.

Johnathan Hankins

Another defensive tackle, Hankins stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 340 pounds. He would be an absolute tank in the middle, and that’s something the Saints could use positively. Hankins will likely be a priority for the Raiders.

Having played every game in the last two seasons and accumulating almost 100 tackles, Hankins will certainly have a solid market. PFF ranked Hankins as the 174th-best free agent in this year’s class.

It would be incredible to get him to the Big Easy, but it feels improbable that they can spend that much to bring him in.

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