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Junior Galette has always played defensive end in his NFL career, despite being considered slightly undersized for the position. Because of his size and electric burst, many assume he is the perfect fit for one of the open outside linebacker spots in the Saints' new 3-4 defense.
To some extent he may be a perfect fit. But as already stated, Galette has next to no experience dropping back to cover the pass or handling any of the other myriad of responsibilities that a 3-4 outside linebacker has on any given play.
In Rob Ryan's defense, Galette will be asked to hold the edge against the run. Galette couldn't do that very well as a defensive end. It's hard to imagine he'll do it any better as an outside linebacker. For that reason it seems Galette's future in New Orleans is as a rotation edge rusher.
Galette may decide he has a better future elsewhere. The Saints, though, hold the primary option since he is a restricted free agent. His limitations, however, figure to cost Galette some money and a starting job in 2013.