The Saints finished dead last in 2012 against the run. Big John Jenkins -- all 6-foot-4, 346 pounds of him -- could be the run-stuffing presence New Orleans needs to return to the top of the NFC South.
The 2013 NFL combine has produced some eye-popping results, though not all of them necessarily will earn adjusted rankings from scouts. However, Monday's linebacker workouts certainly could especially for these three clear-cut "winners and losers."
Despite appearing at linebacker in a 3-4 scheme at Stanford, Chase Thomas has received interest from 3-4 and 4-3 teams at this week's Senior Bowl. Thomas is projected to be an early round selection in April's NFL Draft.
Just as the quarterbacks in the 2013 Senior Bowl seem to be a crowded group with no clear-cut top option, the linebackers on the South team appear to be the same. There are only a few discernible differences between the five men who practiced Tuesday.
The evaluation period is about to get serious. All-star games, the combine, pro days --
it's time to see how the top 2013 NFL Draft prospects measure up. Rob Rang has his top
64, leading with top-notch talent along the line.