Saints Select DT DeMario Pressley in 5th Round

The annual NFL draft rolls on and the Saints continue to add depth on the interior defensive line.
With the 144th overall choice (5th round) the team picked North Carolina State defensive tackle DeMario Pressley.
ESPN Overall: Pressley appeared in 33 games (24 starts) in his first three seasons (2004-’06), recording 102 tackles (14 for losses) and three sacks. As a senior last season, he played 10 games (eight starts) and had 38 tackles (six for losses), 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. In 2007, he came off the bench in the opener while still recovering from torn ligaments in his left elbow, then missed the next two games after tearing meniscus tissue in his right knee in practice. In 2006, he sat out most of spring drills because of a broken toe and missed the season finale after suffering a wrist injury that required season-ending surgery. Pressley will enter the 2008 draft as one of the most experienced defensive tackles in the class and his blend of size and speed means he has a great deal of upside. However, he’s yet to reach his potential and his problems staying healthy over the past two years raise a red flag. With all of that said, Pressley projects as a fourth round pick.

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