Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 7/3/12

During his rookie season of 2011, Saints linebacker Martez Wilson had … well, the kind of campaign you’d expect from a third-round draft pick and project player (10 tackles, one sack).

But now that he’s being converted to defensive end, Wilson thinks he’ll accomplish enough at his new position to go from fourth-string to first-ballot.

Let him explain.

“I think I’ll grow into the spot,” said Wilson, via Sportsnola.com. “I’m not even close to where I see myself being. No matter what position I’m playing down the road, I see myself just making plays. Making plays is what keeps you on the field.

“I see myself being a Hall of Famer one day.”

Whoa, nelly. That could be the loftiest goal we’ve heard all offseason, and makes Dwight Jones (who?) look downright amateur.

To be fair, Wilson does have the support of interim coach Joe Vitt and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, both of whom are pleased with his progression thus far.

“We’re not going to make a decision until we get in pads and see how he fits on our big tackles and see what kind of power he has when he’s striking,” Vitt said. “But, up to this point, (the transition) looks real good.

“So far, so good with regards to how you judge his transition,” Spagnuolo said at the conclusion of the team’s offseason program in mid-June. “Any time you do something like this, the first thing you got to have is the player has to embrace the change, and he’s been terrific. He has embraced it, he wants to do it and he’s passionate about it.”

A highly-touted college recruit and 2010 First Team All Big Ten, the 23-year-old Wilson possesses the necessary talent; he just has to start flashing it on a consistent basis. Let’s wait and see before punching his ticket to Canton.

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