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Saints use their first draft pick to tap former Tiger

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB/AP) -

The New Orleans Saints, who did not have a pick in the first two rounds, have made Akiem Hicks their first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hicks, a defensive tackle from Regina is a former LSU Tiger who was involved in a recruiting scandal and moved to Canada.

The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Hicks was taken with the 89th pick near the end of the third round.

The Saints had no first-round choice because it was traded to New England last year so New Orleans could draft Mark Ingram. Their second-round pick was eliminated as part of the club's punishment stemming from the NFL's bounty investigation.

Hicks was briefly with LSU as a junior college transfer but never played. He left LSU because he was found to have been provided improper transportation and housing by an assistant coach who also left the program.

He then played college football in Canada at the University of Regina.

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