New Orleans Saints Must Select Defensive Tackle in 2013 NFL Draft

By Michael Terrill
New Orleans Saints Must Select Defensive Tackle in 2013 NFL Draft
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The New Orleans Saints got their safety in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft after selecting Kenny Vaccaro No. 15 overall. Now, the Saints must add another piece to the puzzle on defense by drafting a defensive tackle.

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be bringing his 3-4 defensive scheme with him to New Orleans this season. That means the Saints must acquire a defensive tackle that can be the anchor of the defensive line. Their best option to do that will come with the 75th overall pick in the third round of the draft Friday night. One player in particular that could fit the bill is Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle John Jenkins.

The 6-foot-4, 346-pound defensive lineman has the potential to be a wrecking ball along the defensive front for the Saints. The fact that Jenkins has had success in the SEC against some of the best talent in college football proves that he is ready for the NFL. In all honesty, the chances of Jenkins slipping into the third round are not very good, but he is still a player New Orleans must keep their eye on.

Jenkins recorded 50 tackles, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery while helping the Bulldogs get to the SEC Championship Game. The Saints should not expect him to be much of a pass rusher at the professional level, but that would not be his purpose in a 3-4 defense anyways.

Jenkins will take up as much space as possible by stuffing running lanes. The fact that he is impossible to move means he will provide all sorts of problems for opposing offenses. He has a quick response off the snap for a big guy, while his strong hands will be used to move blockers out of his way.

The Saints should seriously consider trading up to grab Jenkins because he is that important to the defense.

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