NFL Draft 2010: The New Orleans Saints Select Al Woods, DT, LSU

Finally! The Saints address one of their top two needs in this years draft by selecting defensive tackle Al Woods from LSU. Trading their 4th round pick and later 6th round pick to the Cardinals, the Saints were able to move up seven spots and grab they guy they really want.

The Saints now only have one 7th round pick left in this years draft. Pay attention though, because the team has been known to trade next years picks to get back into this years action.  

This is probably my favorite pick by the Saints in this years draft, though that's not saying much with some of the more...unique...picks the team has made thus far. Woods is obviously not an outside linebacker, the position I think the Saints need to address most, but he definitely provides help at the Saints other area of need. The trade the Saints pulled to acquire Woods, however, leaves them handcuffed for the rest of the draft. Is "trade down" even in the Saints draft vocabulary?

What are you guys thinking? Have the Saints righted the draft ship with this selection? 

Mocking the Draft's scouting report:

Woods is an incredibly powerful one-technique tackle who rose on draft boards late in the process. Right now, he's more potential than anything else after starting only one season at LSU.

From Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
Excellent size and bulk with extremely long arms (36-inch) and huge hands (11-inch) --- Very athletic --- Moves well --- Nice balance --- Is super strong and powerful --- Real stout at the point of attack --- Uses hands well --- Can occupy multiple blockers --- Terrific bull rusher and will push the pocket --- Reliable tackler --- Versatile --- Still  has  upside.

Weaknesses:
Not as fast or explosive as his workout numbers might lead you to believe --- Questionable instincts and awareness --- An inconsistent motor --- Needs to play with better leverage --- Is not much of a pass rusher --- Not very aggressive --- Lacks a killer instinct --- Unproductive.

Notes:
Was just a one-year starter for the Tigers --- Was considered to be an elite recruit coming out of high school --- Played in a rotation with a lot of other talented defensive tackles and future pros throughout his Bayou Bengal career --- Projects as a nose tackle in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme --- Lost 15 pounds prior to his senior year and finally began to emerge --- Tested through the roof at the Scouting Combine, including a 37-inch vertical --- Underachiever who looks like a first round pick on paper but doesn't always play up to his physical tools --- An enigma who could end up being better in the pros than he was in college --- A"Workout Warrior" who will probably be overdrafted based on potential.    

 

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