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Saints Take LSU DT Al Woods in Round Four

Saints Move Up in Round 4; take LSU DT Al Woods

The New Orleans Saints began day three by moving up in the fourth round in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals at number 130 and selected Al Woods, a defensive tackle out of Louisiana State University.

The 6-3, 309 pound Woods was a one-year starter for the Tigers and has good size and strength. He is an effective player between the tackles when he plays with good pad level. He has strong hands when he utilizes them to jolt and restrict interior running lanes. He can be an effective bull rusher to push the pocket but needs to expand his pass-rush package with more counter moves. Woods has the size, strength and enough athleticism to be an effective run defender at the pro level and gives the Saints a big, big body inside.

"We liked him and were getting concerned that he wasn't going to be there when we picked," said Mickey Loomis, the Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager. "We think he has the chance to come in here and compete and add depth to our defensive line. He has good athletic ability and we think that this opportunity he has is something he takes seriously."

The Saints traded the 130th pick overall (fourth round) to move up to 125 and also surrendered a sixth round pick (201) to the Cardinals. The Saints now have one pick left in the draft, in the seventh round at #239.

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