On Saturday morning, the New Orleans Saints started the day off right by signing rookie draft pick Mark Ingram to a contract and getting him on the field for practice. halfway through the second day of training camp practice, it was announced that the Saints had also come to terms with third round pick – linebacker Martez Wilson.
Wilson was the Saints’ first selection in the third round of 2011 NFL Draft (72nd overall). The draft pick was obtained from the Washington Redskins in exchange for veteran offensive tackle Jammal Brown.
Wilson, 6-4, 252-pounds, played both inside and outside linebacker throughout his college career at the University of Illinois and led the Illini in tackles last season with 112 tackles, while adding 11.5 tackles for losses, four sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and four pass defenses.
In 2010, Wilson was an All-Big Ten first team selection. During his collegiate career he played in 38 games (21 starts) and finished with 223 stops (102 solo), nine sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and eight passes defensed.
Wilson was a Sports Management Major at Illinois. He graduated from Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) Career Academy, where as a senior he earned Parade and USA Today All-American and was an All-State selection by the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette and Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League and All-Area as a senior in 2006, when he recorded 240 tackles, seven sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Terms of the deal were not yet revealed.
With this signing, only one Saints draft pick remains unsigned and that is their first pick overall – defensive end Cameron Jordan. It is being said that a deal will be done soon with him as well.
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