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January 2, 2012
Having traded their 2012 first-round pick a year ago to move up to select running back Mark Ingram and getting their second-round selection taken away by the NFL due to the bounty scandal, the New Orleans didn't have much to work with on draft weekend. Nabbing the talented but incredibly raw Regina defensive tackle Akiem Hicks was a reach. Hicks, an LSU transfer, has rare athleticism for his size (6-5, 318) but may not be able to contribute as a rookie. That's costly for a team that could need reinforcements should the league levy suspensions on individual players as expected. The Saints also addressed depth along the offensive line in the later rounds with Syracuse's Andrew Tiller and Nebraska's Marcel Jones. Immediate dividends may be felt only with fourth-round receiver Nick Toon (above) from Wisconsin, the son of former Jets great Nick Toon, however. For a fan base eager to have something to be excited about again, this wasn't the type of draft that will help.