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Marcel Jones drafted by Saints

Marcel Jones has an interesting entrance to the NFL.

Jones joins a New Orleans squad that will be without its head coach, Sean Payton, and is currently without its quaterback and best player, Drew Brees. Payton is suspended for the 2012 season because of New Orleans’ bounty program, while Brees has yet to resign with the team.

The Saints selected Jones, an offensive tackle, with the 27th pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the 234th overall selection. Jones will have an opportunity to fight for playing time on one of the best offenses in NFL history.

Jones’ quaterback, Brees, set five NFL records in 2011, but hasn’t yet resigned with the team for 2012. It is expected, however, that Brees will sign soon and join the team for official team activities.

While he struggled with injuries at times at Nebraska, Jones is healthy now, giving him a clean bill of health as he enters the league and fights for a spot on New Orleans’ two-deep.

Jones joins former-Husker Scott Shanle in New Orleans. Former-Husker Carl Nicks, who was a New Orleans Saint in 2011, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the off-season.

By Chris Peters

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