May 242012

The Saints used a 3rd round pick on Martez Wilson in 2011 and he played sparingly as a rookie, which is not a surprise. However, the Saints brought in 3 free agent linebackers this offseason, Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, and Chris Chamberlain so there isn’t a lot of room for Wilson to play at linebacker. Given that, the Saints are working him out at defensive end in OTAs.

At 6-4 250, he has decent size to play defensive end, but is probably very raw as a pass rusher. He worked out as the 2nd team right end opposite Greg Romeus, with Will Smith and Cameron Jordan as the starters. The Saints have a real need at defensive end, particularly for pass rushers. They managed just 33 sacks last year, with 7.5 of them coming from safety Roman Harper. Will Smith, who led their defensive line in sacks, turns 31 in July and will miss the first 4 games of the season with suspension. Wilson could play a hybrid role just to get on the field and might be a pleasant surprise as a defensive end on 3rd down.

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