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2016 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Sheldon Rankins DT
2 (47)  Michael Thomas WR
2 (61)  Von Bell FS
4 (120)  David Oneyemata DT
7 (237)  Daniel Lasco RB
2016 Rookie Free Agents Signings:
Jack Allen, OL, Michigan State
Joseph Cheek, OL, Texas A&M
Ken Crawley, DB, Colorado
Jared Dangerfield, WR, WKU
Trae Elston, DB, Ole Miss
De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M
Marcus Henry, C, Boise State
Sione Houma, FB, Michigan
Dillon Lee, LB, Alabama
Tommylee Lewis, WR, N. Ill.
Ryker Matthews, OT, BYU
DJ Pettway, DL, Alabama
Jeff Schoettmer, S, UNC
Dominique Tovell, LB, UL-Laf.
Landon Turner, G, UNC
John Walker, DB, Colorado
Jordan Williams, WR, Ball St.
Avery Young, OL, Auburn
Jake Lampman WR Ferris St.
Jimmy Pruitt CB San Jose St.
2015 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Andrus Peat OT
1 (31)  Stephone Anthony LB
2 (12)  Hau'Oli Kikaha LB
3 (11)  Garrett Grayson QB
4 (14)  P.J. Williams CB
5 (12)  Davis Tull LB
5 (18) Tyeler Davison DT
5 (31) Damian Swann CB
7 (13) Marcus Murphy RB
2015 Rookie Free Agents Signings: DL - Tavaris Barnes, Kaleb Eulls, Ashaad Mabry, Bobby Richardson, G - Doniel Gambrell, Cyril Lemon, WR - R.J. Harris, Malcolme Kennedy, OT- Sean Hickey, LB Marcus Pierce-Brewster, Stephon Sanders, TE - Harold Spears, Jack Tabb, LB Henry Coley, OL Antonio Johnson, K Zach Hocker and WR Kyle Prater.
2014 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (20)  Brandin Cooks WR
2 (58)  Stan Jean-Baptiste CB
4 (126)  Kahri Fortt ILB
5 (167)  Vinnie Sunseri SS
5 (169)  Ronald Powell DE
6 (202)  Tavon Rooks OT


2013 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (15)  Kenny Vaccaro S
3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
3 (82)  John Jenkins DT
5 (144)  Kenny Stills WR
6 (183)  Rufus Johnson DE
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Saints add safety, trade up for running back in NFL draft Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:19 AM

AP | USA Today

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints added a ball-hawking safety and surprisingly traded up to take a running back during the second day of the NFL draft.

The Saints also acquired a pass-rusher for a defense that ranked near the bottom in sacks last season — albeit at the end of the third round, and with their sixth pick overall.

New Orleans used their second-round pick on Utah safety Marcus Williams, who has intercepted 10 passes over his last two seasons. The Saints then traded a 2018 second-round pick and this year's seventh rounder to San Francisco so they could draft Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara early in the third round.

The trade increased the number of Saints third-round picks to three. With their final two picks of the round, they added versatile Florida linebacker Alex Anzalone and Florida Atlantic defensive end Trey Hendrickson.

The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Williams, picked 42nd overall on Friday night, intercepted five passes in 11 games last season and also had five interceptions in 2015, when he was selected first-team All-Pac-12.

Full Story - USAToday.com
New Orleans Saints' 2017 draft picks: Analysis for every selection Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:17 AM

By Mike Triplett - ESPN Staff Writer

...Round 2, No. 42: Marcus Williams, S, Utah

My take: Itís too bad the Saints werenít able to find a pass-rusher with their top three picks in this draft. That remains their most glaring need after they added just one rotational DE in Alex Okafor during free agency. But I canít blame the Saints for staying true to their draft board -- and Williams is absolutely a worthy selection at No. 42 who fills a need for a pass defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL last year.
The Saints added another defensive back to its draft class in safety Marcus Williams. Russ Isabella/USA Today Sports

The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder said he takes pride in forcing turnovers, which he did at a high rate in college (10 interceptions over the past two years, four forced fumbles in three years). He mostly played single-high safety and "center field," but he occasionally played down closer to the line of scrimmage. And the Saints will have the luxury of finding a role that fits him since theyíre deep at safety now with veterans Kenny Vaccaro and Rafael Bush and last yearís second-round pick, Vonn Bell...

Full Story - ESPN.com
Mickey Loomis: Saints would have taken Marshon Lattimore over Patrick Mahomes if both available Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:11 AM

By Joel A. Erickson

An offhand comment by PGA golfer Ryan Palmer on Friday sparked a round of speculation that the New Orleans Saints coveted Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes at No. 11 instead of Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore, the eventual pick.

General manager Mickey Loomis rebutted that notion on Friday night.

Although the Saints did like Mahomes, New Orleans had Lattimore ranked No. 3 on their draft board and never expected the top cornerback in the draft to drop out of the top 10 altogether.

"I would say it was possible," Loomis said. "But once Lattimore was available to us, it wasn't much of a decision."

Loomis admitted that the Saints were interested in picking the rifle-armed Texas Tech passer under the right circumstances...

Full Story - The Advocate
Alvin Kamara could bring an old element back to the Saints' offense Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:09 AM

By Nick Underhill

The Saints offense has always been at its best when Sean Payton has a running back who can move around the field and dictate matchups.

It started with Reggie Bush, then came Darren Sproles. New Orleans hoped to recreate the magic two seasons ago, but C.J. Spiller never materialized as hoped. On Friday, New Orleans bet big that Alvin Kamara can be the next player to fit the mold.

Quibble with the compensation if you wish. The Saints gave up a second-round pick next year and a seventh-round pick this season to acquire the 67th pick from the San Francisco to select the running back out of Tennessee.

But thereís no question the theory of what Kamara could be in this offense is appealing. And if it works, he could be worth the price.

His statistics tell the story of who Kamara is as a player. Appearing in 11 games last season, he rushed 103 times for 596 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and scored nine touchdowns. He also caught 40 passes for 392 yards with another four touchdowns....

Full Story - The Advocate
NOLA and Advocate articles regarding Pick #103 - Trey Hendrickson - DE, Florida Atlantic Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:57 PM
NOLA and Advocate articles regarding Pick #76 - Alex Anzalone - LB, Florida Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:48 PM
NOLA and Advocate articles regarding Pick #67 - Alvin Kamara RB, - Tennessee Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:45 PM
NOLA and Advocate articles regarding Pick #42 - Marcus Williams FS, - Utah Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:45 PM
FAU's Trey Hendrickson headed to New Orleans as third-round draft pick Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 10:44 PM

By Matthew DeFranks

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson became the seventh Florida Atlantic player ever drafted, when the New Orleans Saints selected him in the NFL draftís third round with the No. 103 pick on Friday night.

Coming into the draft, Hendrickson ó measured at 6-foot-4 and 266 pounds at FAUís Pro Day ó was expected to be either a third- or fourth-round draft pick. At pick No. 103, Hendrickson is the third-highest Owl ever selected and first since 2015.

Hendrickson left FAU as one of the schoolís best defensive players. He was the programís all-time leader in sacks (29.5), tackles for loss (42.5), quarterback hurries (20) and forced fumbles (8). He was named to Conference USAís first-team at the end of both his junior and senior seasons, and earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors last year.

In 2015, Hendrickson tied for second in the country with 13.5 sacks, a FAU single-season record. Last season, fighting double- and triple-teams, Hendrickson tallied 9.5 sacks, dipping to 24th in the nation. All other Owls combined for 13.5 sacks.

Hendrickson backed his superb career with a solid offseason...

Full Story - Sun Sentinal
Alex Anzalone: 5 things to know about the New Orleans Saints linebacker Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 09:27 PM

Zach Abolverdi | SEC Country Staff

GAINESVILLE, Fla. ó Alex Anzalone was selected by the New Orleans Saints as the No. 76 overall pick.

He only had one full season with the Florida Gators, but his value to the football team was evident whenever he played.

Anzalone was one of the top signees for UF in the 2013 recruiting class, arriving in Gainesville with a 5-star rating from Rivals and 247Sports. It took him a while to live up to that billing, but his final season at Florida was his best.

1. Alex Anzalone skill set

As Anzalone put it, heís a big, fast, athletic linebacker. He was a running back in high school and has exceptional speed (4.63 40-yard dash) for a 6-foot-3, 241-pound player.

Anzalone also possesses a high football IQ and is capable of playing all three linebacker positions. In 2015, he filled in for Antonio Morrison during spring and fall camp while he recovered from a torn ACL. Upon his return, Morrison declared Anzalone the quarterback of the defense because of his knowledge of the system.
2. Improved draft stock

Anzalone wowed league personnel at the NFL combine. He had the fourth-best times among linebackers in the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill and 60-yard shuttle. Anzalone also placed top 5 in the 20-yard shuttle and top 15 in the broad jump.

Anzalone is projected as a third-round pick by ESPNís Mel Kiper and Todd McShay as well as Walterfootball.com. NFL.comís Chad Reuter had Brantley going in the fourth round.
3. Anzalone injury history

Anzalone battled with injuries throughout his Florida career and had a pair of shoulder surgeries. He broke his left arm at Arkansas last season and missed the final five games...

Full Story - SECcountry.com
2017 NFL Draft: Who is Alvin Kamara? 5 things to know about the Tennessee running back Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 09:00 PM

By Mike Griffith

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ó Alvin Kamara is a tailback from Tennessee who offers great versatility and play-making abilities to teams in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kamara started seven games for the Vols last season, taking over after Jalen Hurd unexpectedly left the team in October. With Kamara as its feature back, the teamís production did not drop off.

Here are five things to know about former Tennessee Volunteeers running back Alvin Kamara.

1. Alvin Kamara set Volsí single-game offense record

Kamara led the Vols with 127 yards and two TDs, eight catches for 161 yards and another TD, in addition to a 16-yard kick return in a 45-38 double-overtime loss to Texas A&M. The 312 yards represented a single-game record for Tennessee and put Kamara on NFL draft radar...

Full Story - seccountry.com
Saints pick Alvin Kamara, one of college footballís most underrated, and underused players Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 09:00 PM

By Christian D'Andrea

Alvin Kamara was often overlooked during his college career, whether it was at Alabama or Tennessee, but found a way to make an impact when given an opportunity. The versatile tailback stepped out of the shadows and into the big time when the New Orleans made him the 67th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft after trading up to acquire the selection.

Kamara never saw the field for the Crimson Tide and spent most of his time with the Volunteers in a complementary role to Jalen Hurd, but made the most of his opportunities to emerge as a dynamic scoring threat in the SEC.

The shifty back scored 23 touchdowns on just 284 touches at Tennessee, an excellent 8 percent touchdown rate. For comparisonís sake, Hurd ó the man who held down UTís top spot before leaving the program midway through last season ó scored on approximately 3.8 percent of his plays...

Full Article - SBNation
Saints add to secondary again with Utah safety Marcus Williams in second round Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 07:32 PM

By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints opened the second round by bolstering their defense, selecting former Utah safety Marcus Williams with the 42nd overall pick.

The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Williams has the athleticism and coverage range to play deep safety for the Saints, a position that severely lacked depth after they cut Jairus Byrd this offseason.

Williams was a three-year starter for the Utes and was highly productive the past two seasons. In 2016, he had 64 tackles, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. In 2015, he had 65 tackles and five interceptions.

The Saints showed interest in Williams during the pre-draft process and took him to dinner prior to Utah's pro day last month...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Do-it-all safety Marcus Williams brings versatility to Saintsí secondary Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 07:23 PM

By Connor Howe

Marcus Williams, the ball-hawking Utah safety with fantastic athletic ability, has been selected by the Saints with the 42nd pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The former Utes safety totaled five interceptions in each of the last two seasons, ranking second among Pac-12 players in both 2015 and 2016. Williams has the playmaking instincts and physicality to thrive at the next level.
Why did the Saints pick Williams?

The free safety’s production speaks for itself. Williams was a playmaker throughout his collegiate career, totaling 11 total interceptions in three years. In 2016, the Utes finished the year with a 9-4 overall record, thanks in large part to Williams. One of the better run-stuffing safeties in this year’s draft class, Williams played a large part in Utah’s dominant defense which ranked 25th in rushing last year.


Williams’ prowess in the run game might be his most desirable asset — per Pro Football Focus, he had the highest run-stop percentage of all FBS safeties last year — but the safety’s interception numbers are hard to ignore.

The safety always seems to be in the right position, setting himself up for potential interception opportunities in coverage. But Williams also has the athleticism to deploy as a single-high or double-high safety and dart down to make plays on the ball when possible. He can high-point the ball with ease, showcasing his ridiculous vertical — he reached 43.5 inches at the Combine...

Full Article - SBNation
Saints believe 'strength of this draft' is in second and third rounds tonight Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 04:10 PM

By Joel A. Erickson

Now, the Saints are getting ready to mine talent out of the depth of an impressive draft.

"We just felt like this next couple rounds of this draft was where the strength of this draft was and to not have pick 42 or even the two threes (would be a problem)," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "I think this is the strength of this draft, we’re going to see tomorrow. Just looking at the list before coming down here, there are lot of good football players still on the board."

For that reason, the Saints were hesitant to trade up a couple of spots to get Lattimore, knowing that picks in the second and third rounds might be more valuable than a normal year.

But that might not mean a pass rusher right away at No. 42, 10 picks into the second round. New Orleans chose Ramczyk in part because the pass rushers available were all graded as second-day picks, and the Saints still have players with first-round grades on the board.

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints considered trading up for Marshon Lattimore, which may end other trade talks Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 10:18 AM

By Darin Gantt

The Saints have been contemplating making big moves at cornerback all offseason.

They almost did again Thursday night, but didnít even have to, as the defensive upgrade they needed came passively.

Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints coach Sean Payton said they discussed trading up, but sat tight through a run of skill-position talent and saw cornerback Marshon Lattimore fall into their laps with the 11th pick in the draft.

ďJust through a lot of the different scenarios, he was one of the players that we felt would be difficult maybe to anticipate him being there, but things happen,Ē Payton said...

Full Story - ProFootballTalk.com
Original Stories
NFL Prospects from THE BOOT -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 01-29-2017

NFL Prospects from THE BOOT

By Mike Detillier

I have been evaluating college talent headed to the NFL for 30 years and every year something jumps out at me. In the 2017 NFL draft class, what jumps out to me is the huge amount of potential pro prospects with Louisiana roots available to the 32 NFL teams.

Six out of the last nine years Louisiana per capita has produced more NFL players than any other state in the United States. In those 3 other years they came in second.

I have never seen so many potential Louisiana pro prospects in my 30 years covering the college football world in one draft class. Below are prospects who played high school football and grew up in Louisiana.

In my potential top-30 prospects Louisiana has 4:

Leonard Fournette-Halfback, LSU (St. Augustine)
Tim Williams- Outside Linebacker, Alabama (University Lab)
Cam Robinson-Offensive Tackle, Alabama (West Monroe)
Tre’Davious White-Cornerback, LSU (Green Oaks-Shreveport)

Prospects considered to be selected in the second or third round of the 2017 NFL draft Louisiana has 6 in:

Malachi Dupre-Wide Receiver, LSU (John Curtis)
Davon Godchaux-Defensive Tackle, LSU (Plaquemine)
Jeremy Cutrer-Cornerback, Middle Tennessee (Jewel-Sumner-Kentwood)
Duke Riley-Outside Linebacker, LSU (John Curtis)
Carlos Henderson-Wide Receiver, Louisiana Tech (McDonogh 35)
Kendell Beckwith-Middle Linebacker, LSU (East Feliciana)

NFL prospects with very late third round into the fifth round Louisiana has 6 prospects:

Tanzel Smart-Defensive Tackle, Tulane (Scotlandville Magnet)
Chad Williams-Wide Receiver, Grambling (Madison Prep)
Elijah McGuire-Halfback, UL-Lafayette (Vandebilt-Catholic)
Trent Taylor-Wide Receiver, Louisiana Tech (Evangel Christian)
Travin Dural-Wide Receiver, LSU (Breaux Bridge)
Xavier Woods-Strong Safety, Louisiana Tech (West Monroe)

Prospects with either sixth or seventh round pick grades Louisiana has 7 potential draft choices:

Cameron Tom-Offensive Center, Southern Mississippi (Catholic High B.R.)
D’Nerius Antoine-Strong Safety, Southern Mississippi (Westgate)
Cethan Carter-Tight End, Nebraska (Rummel)
Josh Boutte-Offensive Guard, LSU (Westgate)
B.J. Singleton-Defensive Tackle, Houston (Destrehan)
Lenard Tillery-Halfback, Southern (McKinley)
Dwayne Thomas-Cornerback, LSU (O. Perry Walker)

Prospects who just missed out on late round pick grades and will be signed as NFL free agents Louisiana has 5 in:

Speedy Noil-Wide Receiver/Return Man, Texas A&M (Edna Karr)
DeSean Smith-Tight End, LSU (Barbe)
Rickey Jefferson-Free Safety, LSU (Destrehan)
Lazedrick Thompson-Halfback, Tulane (St. Charles Catholic)
Otha Peters-Outside/Inside Linebacke,r UL-Lafayette (Covington)

The above numbers are just remarkable for our state to produce in one draft class.

Watch for Engram

I know the New Orleans Saints need help on the defensive side of the ball, but we all know Sean Payton loves offensive players and this is an offense-driven league. In Round 2 of the 2017 NFL draft don’t be surprised to see the Saints take a long look at Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram, if he is still on the board.

The 6-3, 230 pound Engram has re-written the Rebel records for receptions for tight ends and he wowed the scouts in Mobile, Alabama this past week at...
Mike Detillier's Top 85 Players of the 2017 NFL Draft
Posted On 01-28-2017

Top 85 Players of the 2017 NFL Draft

By Mike Detillier

1. Myles Garrett - Defensive End, Texas A&M

2. Leonard Fournette - Halfback, LSU

3. Jonathan Allen - Defensive End/Tackle, Alabama

4. Deshaun Watson - Quarterback, Clemson

5. Dalvin Cook - Halfback, Florida State

6. Derek Barnett - Defensive End, Tennessee

7. Jamal Adams - Strong Safety, LSU

8. Malik Hooker - Free Safety, Ohio State

9. Mike Williams - Wide Receiver, Clemson

10. Reuben Foster - Inside Linebacker, Alabama

11. Solomon Thomas - Defensive End, Stanford

12. Jalen "Teez" Tabor - Cornerback, Florida

13. Cam Robinson - Offensive Tackle, Alabama

14. Tim Williams - Outside Linebacker, Alabama

15. Jabrill Peppers - Strong Safety, Michigan

16. O.J. Howard - Tight End, Alabama

17. Sidney Jones - Cornerback, Washington

18. Takkarist McKinley - Outside Linebacker, UCLA

19. Marshon Lattimore - Cornerback, Ohio State

20. Mitch Trubisky - Quarterback, North Carolina

21. Corey Davis - Wide Receiver, Western Michigan

22. Malik McDowell - Defensive Tackle, Michigan State

23. Ryan Ramczyk - Offensive Tackl, Wisconsin

24. Christian McCaffrey - Halfback, Stanford

25. Taco Charlton - Defensive End, Michigan

26. Tre'Davious White - Cornerback, LSU

27. John Ross - Wide Receiver, Washington

28. Marlon Humphrey - Cornerback, Alabama

29. Zach Cunningham - Outside/Inside Linebacker, Vanderbilt

30. David Njoku - Tight End, Miami (Fla.)

31. Cordrea Tankersley - Cornerback, Clemson

32. Charles Harris - Defensive End, Missouri

33. T.J. Watt - Outside Linebacker, Wisconsin

34. Carlos Watkins - Defensive Tackle, Clemson

35. Forrest Lamp - Offensive Guard, Western Kentucky

36. Jarrad Davis - Inside Linebacker, Florida

37. Desmond King - Cornerback, Iowa

38. Carl Lawson - Defensive End, Auburn

39. DeShone Kizer - Quarterback, Notre Dame

40. Ethan Pocic - Offensive Center/Guard, LSU

41. Adoree' Jackson - Cornerback, USC

42. Haason Reddick - Outside Linebacker, Rutgers

43. Quincy Wilson - Cornerback, Florida

44. Ryan Anderson - Outside Linebacker, Alabama

45. Raekwon McMillan - Middle Linebacker, Ohio State

46. Dede Westbrook - Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

47. Caleb Brantley - Defensive Tackle, Florida

48. Evan Engram - Tight End, Mississippi

49. Jordan Leggett - Tight End, ...
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