A lot of people raised some eyebrows when the New Orleans Saints did not draft a linebacker or defensive end with their first pick in 2013 NFL draft. Instead the Saints decided to draft Kenny Vaccaro, the safety out of Texas. Vaccaro is proving to be a good pick, but he was definitely not the pick everyone was expecting. With the Saints 6-1 this season it is clear why the Saints did not draft a top pass rusher; they already had one.
Defensive end Cameron Jordan has been a monster for the Saints this season as he has been wreaking havoc on the Saints’ defensive line. Jordan is in his third NFL season, all with the Saints, and he has been having somewhat of a breakout season. When the Saints switched their defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4, it was vital that they had effective pass rushers. Jordan has probably benefited the most from the switch in defensive alignments and has been a rising star for the Saints.
Last season Jordan had 67 tackles, eight sacks, and three forced fumbles. Based on those numbers it is not too hard to see why Jordan has been so effective this season. Through seven games Jordan has made 21 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. At this rate Jordan will probably get double digit sacks this season and possibly his first Pro Bowl.
Jordan has led the Saints’ pass rush resurgence and is a big reason for the team’s success. The Saints will need Jordan to continue his great play as the team looks to get back to the playoffs after missing out last year.