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What position will Hicks play?
Is Bunkley a nose tackle in a 3-4?
Those are going to be two of those more critical questions that will be needed to be answered this offseason.
Hicks is an interesting specimen. He is 6' 5", 325 lbs and is just as versatile as Cameron Jordan when it comes to transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4. But where do you put him at?
Do you play him at end, where I think his skills could be best suited? Do you try him out at nose tackle, a position he could excel in like a Vince Wilfork? The only difference is Wilfork is three inches shorter.
The only problem with playing him at nose tackle is that you limit his abilities by asking him to occupy blockers. He is better at disrupting the pocket and not just holding the fort down.
Bunkley is a different story.
He has the height to be a nose tackle at a quaint 6' 2", but he's a little light being a few beignets shy of 310 lbs. There's no doubt Bunkley has the strength to play the position, but too many times he was nonexistent. Does that really change with a switch to a defense he has never played in in his life?
His contract will dictate that they will definitely try him out in it. Whether he succeeds or not, who knows, but this Saints team can't afford to waste any more dead money on bad contract decisions.