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Despite the lack of a rookie mini camp, or the normal parameters of a football calendar, it would seem this year's Saints rookie class has a wonderful chance to compete and at a couple positions obtain starting roles.
To even consider that on a playoff team, especially one that had as good a season as the Saints did a year ago, is incredible. It almost seems like football blasphemy.
But it appears the Saints would welcome some combination of Cameron Jordan at Defensive End, Martez Wilson at outside linebacker, and Johnny Patrick as a dime back/returner to see considerable time from the get go.
Additionally, Nate Bussey promises to be a great "teams player" and who knows where the Saints might find some more able bodies in free agency.
Finally, Malcolm Jenkins would seem to be the full-time, no questions asked starter at one safety spot, while Roman Harper (just completed his rookie contract) seems pegged for the other. This is a young and fast football team on the defensive side, and that promises to get better with each game.
Also see the improvement in Sedrick Ellis from his rookie campaign to 2010. The hype is now saying that he's coming into his own, and with the addition of Shaun Rogers most experts believe Ellis will dominate in 2011.