With the 72nd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select outside linebacker Martez Wilson from Illinois. Selecting Wilson means the Saints address yet another serious need on the defensive side of the ball in this years draft and finally add competition and depth to possible the weakest position group on the team.
Yet another steal for the Saints in my opinion, who are putting together a pretty nice looking 2011 NFL Draft for themselves. Wilson was projected to be drafted at least in the second round and some draft analysts and mock drafts had him being selected by the Saints with their first round pick. Can't complain about that. Not really sure what caused Wilson to drop all the way down to the third round, however.
Be sure to start following @TezWilson2 on Twitter and welcome him to the Black & Gold family.
Below are Martez Wilson's measurable's but you can view his full profile right here.
- Weight: 250 lbs.
- Arm Length: 34 5/8 in.
- Hand Size: 9 3/4 in.
- College: Illinois
- Conference: Big 10
- Position: OLB
Wilson is a pretty impressive physical specimen with good measurables. Probably projects best as a strong side outside linebacker in a 4-3. At that position, should be able to hold outside contain using his long arms and strength to keep tight ends off his body against the run, and jam at the line or pressure the quarterback in passing situations. Is susceptible to good ball handling and doesn't show good awareness dropping into coverage. Has character flags and endurance has been questioned. However, Wilson's frame, straight-line speed, and upside will likely entice a franchise to select him on Day 2.
How do you guys feel about this pick? Is Scott Shanle's job finally in jeopardy?
The pick are coming fast and Saints will soon be on the clock again with the 88th overall selection so stay tuned!