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New Orleans Saints' Roster Top 25 Players: No. 20, Brodrick Bunkley

Brodrick Bunkley will be an integral part of the Saints' run defense, and earns the No. 20 spot on my list of the New Orleans Saints' top 25 players.

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Brodrick Bunkley has proven to be a stout run defender.
Brodrick Bunkley has proven to be a stout run defender.
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At No. 20 on my list of the top 25 New Orleans Saints' players, I expect Brodrick Bunkley to remain one of the best run defenders on the team. Yes, the Saints drafted John Jenkins this year to play the same position as Bunkley, but I fully expect Bunkley to maintain his starting role and play the majority of snaps as the Saints' nose tackle. While his body type not be the 320+ pounds you'd expect from a nose tackle, Bunkley is a bit more lean and athletic, just like Rob Ryan's nose tackle in Dallas, Jay Ratliff.

Bunkley isn't going to record a half dozen sacks or make SportsCenter, but he will consistently play the run well and make life easier for the inside linebackers. In 2012 he had a run stop percentage of 6.9% and earned a +7.9 run defense grade from Pro Football Focus. Respectively, these were the 15th and 13th highest marks among defensive tackles that played at least 200 snaps. Even though it was back in 2011, Bunkley was PFF's No. 1 rated defensive tackle against the run. Granted, he played more snaps in 2011 than 2012, but it shows that he knows a thing or two about playing the run.

Time's Picayune's No. 20 - Brodrick Bunkley (not intentional, I swear!)

Canal Street Chronicles Top 25 Saints Players:

No. 25 - Isa Abdul-Quddus

No. 24 - Patrick Robinson

No. 23 - Jonathan Vilma

No. 22 - Ben Watson

No. 21 - Charles Brown