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Saturday, 25 February 2012 19:24

New Orleans Saints: Twitter High, Combine silence and Mario Williams, No?

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paytonNew Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis and Coach Sean Payton for the second straight year are not speaking to the media at the podium at the NFL Combine in Indy.  Don't look for any updates this week on their unrestricted free agents, including Drew Brees.

The [email protected] were named one of six finalists for the best Sports Team Twitter account in the 2012 Shorty Awards. The Saints won the Shorty Award in 2011.

The first two days of the Combine are mostly talk with little action.

The drills began Saturday morning with offensive tackles and tight ends taking their turns. On Sunday, the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers get to work.

Monday, defensive linemen and linebackers are graded. On Tuesday, defensive backs show what they can do.

NFL Network will be televising the workouts.

LSU defensive tackle got the Combine scouts buzzing during the weigh-in. He checked in at 6-foot-5, 322 pounds with 35-inch arms. Brocker's weigh-in caused a stir. His wingspan is a mammouth 83 7/8 inches.

He will be drafted in the top 10 on longterm upside more than on his college resume.

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Tiger Tracks...

LSU fans have taken out an ad in the Baton Rouge Advocate thanking Jarrett Lee for his contributions for the Tigers'13-1 season.

The ad takes a shot at Georgia and a stab at Les Miles for not having played Lee in the BCS National Championship Game.

Elsewhere, the doesn't believe former Tigers quarterback will get drafted.

Here is the league's website scouting report on Jefferson:

Overview: Jefferson had an up-and-down career at LSU and did nothing to impress NFL talent evaluators. He had an uninspiring BCS championship game, and although he was limited by the offense that showcased the talent around him rather than him as a throwing quarterback, he hasn't showed enough transferable skills at this point to be a draft pick. But as an athlete with his size and SEC experience, he should get a shot at a camp.

Weaknesses: Has serious mechanical issues that affect his play. He locks out his front leg when stepping into the ball, and the follow through and that results in his stiff motion.

That causes him to have an inconsistent release point that makes it very difficult to make quick, accurate throws in the short game.

Jefferson uses poor judgment and is ripe for turnovers. He lacks awareness in the pocket and tries to rely on his scrambling ability too heavily causing him to take sacks.

Alabama proved it had him well studied in the championship game.

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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