Who's Going to End Up Being Right About Curtis Lofton?

Spags and the Saints are hoping Lofton's a three-down linebacker. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

A very interesting debate between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons should be settled later this year as LB Curtis Lofton settles into his new home on the field for the Saints.

Who will turn out correct in their assessment of Curtis Lofton's ability to be a three-down linebacker?

It's something that's been hanging around since the acquisition of Lofton, but was just brought into sharp relief in Saturday's installment of nola.com's Top 25 Saints Players Countdown series, in which Lofton landed at No. 12.

Lofton's greatest strength is as a run stuffer, and there was some speculation that the Falcons didn't consider him an every-down linebacker. But the Saints absolutely believe he's an every-down guy. He's very active and athletic -- a tackling machine who covers a lot of ground and had a career-high 147 tackles last year (according to NFL stats). And he has seven career forced fumbles and three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown last season.

So, CSC faithful, let's have a talk about some real football now. Training camp doesn't start for 10 days, I know, but I'm itching to read some position breakdown stuff.

Do you think Curtis Lofton has what it takes to be a three-down linebacker? Why or why not?

Vote in the poll and let me hear from you (or read from you) in the comment section.

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