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The Rise of New Orleans Saints Linebacker Junior Galette

Analyzing Junior Galette's training camp progress and move to outside linebacker.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

As Who Dat Nation eagerly awaits the introduction of a new and improved defense, one of the bright spots coming out of Saints training camp adding credibility to that hope are reports on the progress of outside linebacker Junior Galette. As has been noted, the reserve pass rushing specialist is making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4 system, and is also projected to move into the starting role following Victor Butler's torn ACL.

According to the following report from the Mississippi Press, Galette was tearing it up in last weekend's scrimmage being credited with two sacks and earning high praise from his new defensive coordinator: Ryan stated...

I know one thing-I'm betting on Junior Galette. I think he's going to be special. I do. People can say whatever they want. He ain't sneaking up on anybody, but they're not going to be able to block him, either.

Should Galette be able to exceed beyond the high expectations that are being set for him, there is another undrafted free agent outside linebacker that it would be wonderful if Galette could pattern himself after. That is former Pittsburgh Steeler and current Cincinnati Bengal James Harrison.

Now, let me clarify, I do not suggest fully following in the footsteps of Harrison. Considering the Saints' recent history, there are certain elements of Harrison's style of play that hit a little too close to home. However, between 2008-2010, Harrison was arguably the best pass rushing outside linebacker in the NFL. If Galette can match anywhere near Harrison's production from 4 or 5 years ago, it would give the defense the exact type of smash mouth swagger that they have been lacking.

How much improvement do you think we should expect to see from Galette in 2013?