Saints look to Canada for DT help

April, 27, 2012
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The New Orleans Saints, who were without a pick in the first two rounds, just made their first pick of the draft and it’s a unique one.

Hicks
Hicks
They selected a guy who played his college football in Canada. They chose Regina defensive tackle Akiem Hicks with the 89th overall pick.

This may sound like a stretch, but it really isn’t. Hicks isn’t a totally unknown commodity. He played at Sacramento City Community College and transferred to LSU. But Hicks then left for Regina. The competition in Canada might not be great, but Hicks showed enough to catch the attention of scouts.

He has great size and his athleticism gives him plenty of upside. But Hicks could end up being more than just a long-term project. He might have a chance to earn some time in the rotation pretty quickly because the Saints really don’t have much at defensive tackle besides Brodrick Bunkley and Sedrick Ellis.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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