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8/10 @Browns 7:00
TBD @Chargers TBD
8/26 OILERS 7:00
8/31 BALTIMORE 7:00
Regular Season
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Date Opponent Time
9/11 @Vikings 6:10
9/17 PATRIOTS 12:00
9/24 @Panthers 12:00
10/2 @Dolphins 8:30am
-- Bye --
10/15 LIONS 12:00
10/22 @Packers 12:00
10/29 Bears 12:00
11/5 BUCS 3:05
11/12 @Bills 12:00
11/19 REDSKINS 7:25
11/26 @Rams 12:00
12/3 PANTHERS 12:00
12/7 @Falcons 7:25
12/17 JETS 3:05
12/24 FALCONS 12:00
12/31 @Bucs 3:25
Post Season
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Date Opponent Time
2017 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (11)  Marshon Lattimore  CB
1 (32)  Ryan Ramczyk OT
2 (42)  Marcus Williams  FS
3 (67)  Alvin Kamara RB
3 (76)  Alex Anzalone LB
3 (103)  Trey  Hendrickson DE
6 (196)  Al-Quadin  Muhammed DE

2017 Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Signings:
Devoroe Lawrence -DT, Aub.
Andrew Lauderdale-OT, NH
Sae Tautu -LB, BYU
Travin Dural -WR, LSU
Cameron Lee -G, Ill. St.
Arthur Maulet -CB, Memphis
Colin Buchanon-G/T, Mia.(Oh)
Cameron Tom-C, S. Miss.
Ahmad Fullwood -WR, Fla.
Joseph Robinson -Woodgett -FB,UMass
Chase Dominguez -LS, Utah
Clint Van Horn -T, Marshall

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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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Roman Harper in no hurry to commit to another football season Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 07:37 PM

By Jordy McElroy -- FanRag

Football is no longer a necessity for veteran strong safety Roman Harper.

His cup is already full after 11 NFL seasons, two Pro Bowl invitations and a Super Bowl ring. There is no reason to put his 34-year-old body through the rigors of OTAs and minicamp. The cement has already dried on his career, and now, he has the option of prolonging his time as a football player or riding off into the sunset and seeking a safe and healthy career path in broadcasting.

If Harper chooses the latter, he can expect to wait by the phone as a potential emergency backup for an injured player on some team. It has become abundantly clear that his best days are behind him. There won’t be any turning back the clock in this situation. If he chooses to stick around, he’ll just be that old guy who was once one of the top strong safeties in the league.

He ended his two-year stint with the Carolina Panthers by rejoining the New Orleans Saints last year. That season ended with him getting the nod in four starts and accumulating 22 tackles.

Full Article -- FanRag
1 The Saints might have a logjam at cornerback, and that's a good thing Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:19 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The Saints might have a logjam at cornerback.

And that’s a good thing.

Yeah, you’ve heard this story. As recently as last year, in fact, when it appeared New Orleans was going to have to figure out a way to deploy three players – Delvin Breaux, Keenan Lewis and P.J. Williams – who all could have been worthy to matchup with the opposition’s top outside receivers.

Then injuries hit. And hit. And hit. And hit. And hit. And then hit again until all that was left were a few undrafted guys thrust into roles never intended for them and whoever was available on the street. The only good to come from the situation was finding Sterling Moore, who should provide quality depth.

Perhaps the plot will be different this year. Maybe Breaux reaches the heights promised during his debut season. It might be hard to remember, but it was only two seasons ago, before injuries wiped out most of his 2016 season, when it looked like he was on his way to becoming one of the corners in the NFL.

Full Article -- Advocate
Don’t bet against Adrian Peterson’s comeback with Saints Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-28-2017 05:50 PM

By Jarrett Bell -- USA Today

Let Sean Payton tell you what he thinks he needs to give to Adrian Peterson, whose fresh start with the New Orleans Saints is wrapped with the purpose of proving that he is far from washed up.

“Creativity is important,” Payton told USA TODAY Sports over the weekend. “I think the players want to know you were up at 11:45 on Thursday night thinking about a play with their name on it. When the players feel that, there’s that return on the investment.”

In stock market terms, the Saints coach is hardly selling Peterson short. He’s buying him long.

There’s also plenty of reasons to be bullish on Peterson because he’s now teaming up with Payton, one of the NFL’s most creative — and aggressive — offensive minds.

Full Article -- USA Today
Michael Thomas wants to be one of the best to ever play the game Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-28-2017 05:16 PM

After a great rookie year, the Saints receiver is on a mission to be the best.

By Patrick Murphy -- BuckNuts

Michael Thomas had a good college career at Ohio State, but it was far from perfect.

The Los Angeles, CA native struggled to adjust to life at the collegiate level over his first year, redshirted his second before finally making an impact as a Buckeye in his third and fourth seasons.

As a redshirt sophomore, he led the team in receptions and repeated that feat his final year, in addition to being tops in yards and receiving touchdowns.

A good college career turned into an excellent rookie season in the NFL after the New Orleans Saints selected Thomas in the second round of the 2016 draft. Playing in the Saints pass-heavy offense and with Drew Brees at quarterback throwing him the ball, the wideout caught nearly as many passes (92) last season as he did in his two final years at Ohio State combined.

But despite one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, like during his time in Columbus, Thomas was good, not perfect.

That is the focus this offseason.

Full Article -- BuckNuts
1 Saints' Sheldon Rankins ready to go from flash of lightning to massive thunderstorm Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-28-2017 04:16 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Sheldon Rankins wants to be more than a lightning bolt this season.

A lightning bolt can be deadly in the blink of an eye, but Rankins would rather be more like a massive thunderstorm, relentlessly pounding the Earth for hours.

Rankins flashed plenty as a rookie. Forced to miss the first half of the season after suffering a broken fibula in the preseason, Rankins came back with nine games to go and piled up four sacks, second only to Dallas' Maliek Collins among rookie defensive tackles.

That wasn't enough for Rankins, who felt like he should have been a more disruptive presence on a play-to-play basis.

"I think when I came back I flashed a lot, but consistently I wasn't as dominant as I felt like I wanted to be," he said. "So I think that's my thing this year."

Full Article -- Advocate
1 Saints RB Peterson shows off receiving skills -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-28-2017 02:13 AM

Saints RB Peterson shows off receiving skills

By Mike Detillier -- Comet

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton wanted to send a message to opposing teams that when newly signed veteran halfback Adrian Peterson is in the lineup you had better think twice before loading up on the line of scrimmage expecting the run.

The future Hall of Famer is known for his heavy-duty volume rushing game and the ability to wear an opposing team down before breaking a long run downfield. But in today’s game of situational football, Payton doesn’t want to tip his play-calling hand on what he calls when certain players are in the lineup.

On Thursday, Payton made sure the football world saw that he was going to include Peterson in the passing attack and overall Peterson caught the football well coming out of the backfield.

Since he has entered the league is 2007, Peterson has caught 241 passes for 1,945 yards and five scores including a career-best 43 catches for 436 yards in 2009 while he was teamed up with quarterback Brett Favre in Minnesota.
In that 2009 season the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback said that Peterson is quite effective coming out of the backfield.

“I heard before I got here that Adrian maybe wasn’t the most sure-handed back coming out of the backfield, but he catches the ball real well,” Favre said. “He has some of the biggest hands around and he can catch it. All I know is if I am a defender and Adrian is running downfield after he catches the ball I better get real low to knock him down or he would run right over the top of me. He’s a load once he gets that head of steam moving forward and he’ll knock your block off.”

In Payton’s world of football chess, he knows he has a talented and versatile back in Mark Ingram, who is also the team’s best pass blocker at the halfback spot, and he has a specific role for rookie running back Alvin Kamara as an edge runner and receiver similar to what Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles did for the Saints.

Full Article -- Comet

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American footballer Alex Jenkins reveals the huge sacrifices he's made to achieve NFL dream Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-27-2017 06:15 PM

The 24-year-old from Odd Down spoke exclusively about signing for New Orleans Saints

By Andrew Baber -- Bath Chronicle

He has sacrificed a lot in pursuit of his dream, but Bath American footballer Alex Jenkins admits it was all worth it as he prepares to start the first chapter of his NFL career.

The 24-year-old, who grew up and resides in Odd Down, signed with NFL franchise New Orleans Saints this week as an additional overseas player in their practice squad for 2017.

Speaking exclusively to the Chronicle, Jenkins revealed there were times when he thought about giving up after taking the risk of moving to the States on a scholarship.

However, having finally been given his shot at the big time, the former St Gregory’s School pupil said he is now focused on making the most of his opportunity.

Full Article -- Bath Chronicle
1 Trey Hendrickson's competitive fire burned through lack of attention on path to New Orleans Saints Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-27-2017 05:59 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Every now and then, Trey Hendrickson's future flashed before his father's eyes.

The first time was when he was born. Any time a child enters the world at 10 pounds, already too big for newborn clothes before he even takes his first breath, a father can't help but envision an NFL future.

Plenty of big kids don't develop into professional athletes. As he got older, though, Hendrickson's passion for sports burned hotter than most other kids his age; his father, Collie Hendrickson, remembers telling his wife, Louise, on more than one occasion that their son was taking losses in one-on-one basketball way too hard for something so lighthearted.

A black belt in taekwondo at a young age, Hendrickson grew up playing football, basketball and baseball, and that competitive fire was always burning. Hendrickson was never a kid who loved to play football but wanted to be a doctor; from the time he was 4 or 5, he always told his parents he was headed to the NFL.

Full Article -- Advocate
Alert: Be on the lookout for fake news about the Saints Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-27-2017 05:47 PM

By Brian Allee-Walsh -- Sun-Herald

NEW ORLEANS Free agency essentially is finished, the NFL Draft is history and voluntary on-field work has begun for the New Orleans Saints in the form of Organized Team Activities and mandatory minicamp in full pads next month.

In other words, the start of training camp is about two months out and fans are getting inundated with “fake news.’’

Not “fake news’’ in The Donald’s trumped-up sense of the expression but “fake news’’ in the sense that one isn’t certain how much credence to give reports issued by team websites, team officials, players and coaches and even the beat reporters who cover teams.

I mean, how much can be gleaned from watching players jog/run around in “jockstraps and helmets’’ in a relatively controlled environment, as the late venerable Jim Finks used to say.

I should know: I spent more than two decades covering the Black and Gold for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Full Article -- Sun-Herald
Injured Saints CB corps returns hungry, ready for intense competition Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-26-2017 05:21 PM

By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

For much of last offseason, it would've been smart to predict Delvin Breaux, P.J. Williams and Damian Swann to be the New Orleans Saints' top three cornerbacks.

Breaux had an excellent first NFL season in 2015, and a year of experience should've helped him be even better in 2016. Williams missed all of 2015 and Swann played just seven games, but after sitting in meetings throughout their rookie seasons, it made sense they'd be ready to handle big roles in 2016.

Slowly but surely, though, the injury bug hit the Saints' cover men.

Swann suffered a core muscle injury in August and missed the entire season. Breaux broke his fibula Week 1 and played just six games. Williams suffered an ugly concussion in Week 2 and missed the rest of the year.

Full Article -- Picayune
1 Saints plan to be 'smart' with Hau'oli Kikaha's return in order to have him full strength for training camp Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-26-2017 04:56 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Almost a year after suffering the third torn ACL of his career, Hau'oli Kikaha is close to getting back to full strength for the New Orleans Saints.

Kikaha is participating in part of the organized team activities that began this week, although the third-year defensive end did not participate in full-team sessions.

New Orleans wants to make sure he's at full strength when training camp begins.

"He's doing really well. He's going through some individual drills, he's taking part in the walk-through," defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. "I think the training staff, I think we're going to be smart with him."

Full Article -- Advocate
Drew Iddings, Justin Thomas adjusting to new positions as Saints open OTAs Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-26-2017 04:50 PM

By Mike Gegenheimer -- Advocate

Just before the Saints took the field for the final day of rookie minicamp, coaches pulled Drew Iddings into Sean Payton’s office for a discussion about Iddings’ future with the team.

Iddings, a defensive lineman for almost his entire career, was new to New Orleans after failing to make the opening day roster in Oakland the year before, and was anxious to do anything he could to survive his tryout period.

After a brief talk, Payton made his decision, and Iddings had about an hour to make the necessary adjustments.

He was now an offensive lineman.

Full Article -- Advocate
1 Saints tight end Coby Fleener thinks that second year in system should benefit his play Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-26-2017 04:42 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Coby Fleener didn’t let the opportunity slip by.

After making reference to missed assignments during his first season with the New Orleans Saints, the tight end was asked how deep the problem went since it’s impossible for outsiders to gauge.

“That’s a good thing,” he cracked.

Fleener struggled some of that during training camp and early in the season, but he doesn’t think missed assignments were anything that plagued his season. And he’s confident the issue, as well as other aspects of his game, will improve after having already spent a full season in New Orleans.

Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Fleener was supposed to serve as another dynamic playmaker in an offense full of them. At times he was. Mostly, he was just solid, catching 50 passes for 631 yards with three touchdowns.

Full Article -- Advocate
Source: Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief gets a raise Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-26-2017 04:32 PM
By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The Saints restructured the right tackle's contract, giving him the opportunity to earn an additional $1 million this season, according to a league source.

The agreement raises Strief's 2017 base salary by $700,000 and is giving him the opportunity to earn an extra $300,000 in roster bonuses. His cap hit raises from $5.1 million to $6.1 million.*

None of the money is guaranteed outside of the $1.1 million remaining from the proration of his signing bonus.

Full Article -- Advocate
Quotes from Sean Payton's OTA Media Availability Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-26-2017 12:55 AM

By NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

OTA#3 Media Availability

Thursday, May 25, 2017

You have already put out a statement on Cortez (Kennedy), but with the (#96) helmet decals today, could you talk about his influence on the team?

"If you did not know better, and you saw him, you might think he worked here. You guys who have been here for a number of years have seen him around a lot. My first time here interviewing with Mickey [Loomis], we had dinner and Cortez would always make sure that if it was a nice place, he was there to join you. He was just here for the draft weekend. All of us are devastated, that would be the way to describe it. It just was so sudden. It’s tough; it’s tough. He and Mickey were extremely close. I think Mickey said it best; as great a player as he was—and trust me, if you had to pull a starting lineup out of the Hall of Fame on defense, he would be in the starting lineup—he was that good a guy off the field. He was friendly to everybody, and will be missed.”

Full Interview -- NewOrleansSaints.com
High points from Saints OTA Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-26-2017 12:44 AM

By John DeShazier -- NewOrleansSaints.com

The first day of media access for the New Orleans Saints’ OTAs is in the books, and a plethora of topics were covered by Coach Sean Payton and the players that were interviewed. Check out NewOrleansSaints.com for several player interviews, as well as Payton’s interview in its entirety. But in this space, here are the high points from several of those sessions:

Payton, on the late Cortez Kennedy, Hall of Fame defensive tackle and friend of the franchise, who died on Tuesday at age 48: “If you didn’t know better and you saw him, you might think he worked here. My first time here interviewing with (General Manager) Mickey (Loomis), we had dinner and Cortez would always make sure that if it was a nice place, he was there to join you. He was just here for the draft weekend. All of us – devastated would be the way to describe it. It just was so sudden. It’s tough. It’s tough. I think Mickey said it best – as great a player as he was, and if you had to pull a starting lineup out of the Hall of Fame on defense, he’s in the starting lineup – he was that good of a guy off the field.” Saints players had Kennedy’s number, 96, affixed to the right sides of their helmet on Thursday.

Full Article -- NewOrleansSaints.com
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Kamara’s Early Impact and Much More -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-07-2017

Kamara’s Early Impact and Much More

By Mike Detillier

Coming out of every NFL draft folks ask about immediate impact players for their respective teams. Every once in a while you get a signature player as a rookie as a pass rusher or defensive back, but most of those immediate first year impact guys are on offense at halfback or wide receiver.

Last season the San Diego Chargers got a big impact hit on defense with the selection of defensive end Joey Bosa and in 2015 the Kansas City Chiefs hit early gold in cornerback Marcus Peters, but in 2016 look at the impact wide receiver Michael Thomas made with the New Orleans Saints and the huge impact halfback Ezekiel Elliott had with the Dallas Cowboys.

Early contributions of wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, Amari Cooper, Mike Evans and Jarvis Landry made them Year 1 impact players in the NFL.

While cornerback Marshon Lattimore and free safety Marcus Williams are talented players to add to the Saints defensive squad and it is so needed, I believe the Year 1 impact performer will be Tennessee halfback Alvin Kamara.

He fits the role that Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles played so well with the Black and Gold and his receiving skills will eat up some of the catches wide receiver Brandin Cooks had on the offensive side of the ball.

With Cooks now in New England, the combination of Kamara and the addition of veteran wideout Ted Ginn, Jr. should fill in that huge opening of catches out on the field.

As a rookie Reggie Bush split time with Deuce McAllister at the halfback spot, but the former USC Heisman Trophy winner was the ideal fit in Sean Payton’s offense as the back in the slot as a receiver, the receiver catching the swing pass, the edge runner and punt returner.

While McAllister was still considered the lead-dog runner Bush touched the ball 271 times in 2006 as a runner, receiver and return man and contributed 1,523 yards of all-purpose yards.

Sproles was an established performer when he came to the Saints after six seasons with the San Diego Chargers, but in his first season with New Orleans in 2011 he touched the ball 242 times for 2,696 yards as a runner, receiver, punt returner and kickoff return man which set a new NFL all-purpose yardage mark.

One AFC general manager told me his team tried to trade up into the 3rd round to draft the speedy Volunteer halfback.

“We had to go defense in Round #2 to fill a huge need spot, but when Alvin fell into Round #3 we started making calls,” the AFC general manager said. “We knew other teams were too and we had found a trade partner, but the Saints got him first. We thought he could be a “Jamaal Charles-Kansas City Chiefs” type edge back and receiver. Before the knee injuries settled in with Jamaal he was a really good back and we were willing to part with multiple picks to get Kamara. He’s a great fit for the Saints. It is part of the business you miss out on a player that really can boost an offense quickly in the league and Kamara could have done that with us and he will with New Orleans.”

With Mark Ingram still the heavy-duty rushing back and him being backed up by 32-year old and future NFL Hall of Fame halfback Adrian Peterson, the speedy Kamara may not get 271 or 242 touches in the 2017 season, but you can bet the bank Sean Payton has a specific and extensive role for him in the Saints... Read More...
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...
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