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2017 Schedule
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8/10 @Browns Loss
8/20 @Chargers Win
8/26 TEXANS Win
8/31 BALTIMORE Loss
Regular Season
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Date Opponent Time
9/11 @Vikings Loss
9/17 PATRIOTS Loss
9/24 @Panthers Win
10/2 @Dolphins Win
-- Bye --
10/15 LIONS Win
10/22 @Packers Win
10/29 BEARS Win
11/5 BUCS Win
11/12 @Bills Win
11/19 REDSKINS Win
11/26 @Rams 3:25
12/3 PANTHERS 3:25
12/7 @Falcons 7:25
12/17 JETS 12:00
12/24 FALCONS 12:00
12/31 @Bucs 12:00
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NFC South W L   PF PA Div
N.O. 8 2 0 302 196 2-0
Car. 7 3 0 213 180 2-1
Atl. 5 4 0 197 179 0-1
T.B. 4 6 0 203 228 0-2

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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

2014 UDFA SIGNINGS

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
The Latest News
Sorting the Sunday Pile Week 11: Saints sure look like NFL's most complete team Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 01:47 AM


By Will Brinson

The curious thing about the Saints so far this year isn't how they'd been winning, but how they hadn't been winning. Sunday was a nice reminder that the Saints still have a Hall of Fame quarterback they can turn to when the going gets tough. It might be the biggest unsung advantage when analyzing what is shaping up to be a stacked NFC playoff race.

Drew Brees had been fine before Week 11 too, but he just had yet to really be Drew Brees. Not that he minds -- Brees is perfectly content operating a run-heavy offense and letting his defense finally minimize the number of passing attempts he needs to make each week.

The Saints currently rank fifth in points allowed in the NFL, the first time since 2013 they have been outside the bottom 28. Only twice since Brees arrived has the team been a top-10 unit in terms of points allowed (2013 and 2010) and in both those years the Saints won 11 games. At 8-2 after stealing a win from the Redskins, the Saints are going to get to those heights again, if not higher...

Full Story - CBS Sports
New Orleans Saints' incredible comeback shows they could have Super Bowl recipe cooking Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 01:44 AM


Despite not playing well most of game vs. Washington, 15-point comeback is defining moment


By ERIC EDHOLM


The New Orleans Saints won their eight game in a row Sunday, becoming the first NFL team to lose its first two games and then follow it up with eight straight victories.

By their record alone, they're serious contenders as we head into Thanksgiving week. But by another important measure, they certainly have to be considered Super Bowl candidates: The Saints' 34-31 overtime win over Washington came in a game in which they really didn't play all that well most of Sunday afternoon.

The Saints trailed 31-16, with fewer than three minutes remaining. Kirk Cousins had taken a series of shots all game from an aggressive Saints defense that blew some coverages, and he made them pay more than once in a 322-yard, three-TD afternoon...

Full Story - ProFootballWeekly.com
Bill Cowher calls Saints the NFL’s ‘top team’ Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 01:40 AM


The former NFL head coach thinks the Saints are the class of football

By James Parks

Everyone climb aboard the New Orleans Saints’ bandwagon.

After winning seven straight football games, taking possession of the first place spot in the NFC South, and boasting a 93 percent chance of making the playoffs, the national NFL experts are finally realizing the Saints are contenders.

That list now includes former Steelers head coach and current CBS analyst Bill Cowher, who on Sunday’s edition of “The NFL Today” on CBS, called the Saints the most balanced team in the league.

“When you look at it, I have my top team being the New Orleans Saints,” Cowher said...

Full Story - 247 Sports
After rallying for OT win, Saints can march a long way Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 01:36 AM


By David Steele

It’s no longer a matter of how far the Saints have come — it’s all about how far the Saints can go.

They have some major obstacles to scale the next five weeks, taking them into mid-December. But considering what they’ve done since starting 0-2, and specifically what they did Sunday in the Superdome against Washington, there are fewer reasons to doubt them every day.

There was even some scattered talk about the Super Bowl year of 2009 in their locker room, talk that was smartly dismissed by the veterans. It is early for that. But if they keep this up as the level of competition rises, it won’t be too early anymore.

After Sunday’s comeback, the Saints have managed to win games in just about every conceivable way. Against Washington, they fell behind by 15 points with less than six minutes left, rolled downfield for two touchdowns, tacked on a game-tying two-point conversion, combined some defensive stops with capitalizing on the other team stopping itself, got a game-saving flag on the player who had made a clinching interception … and blended them all together to win 34-31 in overtime...

Full Story - Sporting News
Miracles are happening as 2017 Saints summon signature moment Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 10:50 PM


By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

If you hadn't allowed yourself to compare this amazingly improbable, wonderfully wacky Saints' season to the magical 2009 Super Bowl campaign before Sunday, you can officially be led into temptation now.

Miracles are happening again on Sundays in New Orleans.

A special season is upon us. There's no denying it after watching what transpired against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The 2009 season had the Meachem Miracle.

The 2017 New Orleans Saints now have their own signature moment...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Redskins’ defense collapses on final three drives of Saints loss: ‘We beat ourselves’ Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 10:47 PM


By Master Tesfatsion

NEW ORLEANS — The Washington Redskins were less than six minutes away from upsetting the New Orleans Saints on the road. They had dominated one of the league’s best teams and left the raucous Superdome silent during the fourth quarter.

Fans were heading for the exits as the Redskins took a 15-point lead with 5:58 remaining after quarterback Kirk Cousins delivered a beautiful six-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.

All Washington needed was a stop from its defense to put this game away. And it whiffed at its three opportunities to do so. The Redskins’ defense collapsed during the final six minutes of regulation and overtime in the 34-31 loss Sunday.

“Fans were leaving,” safety D.J. Swearinger said. “Any time fans are leaving, you got to win the game. I don’t care what happens. I don’t care what the case is. You’ve got to find a way to win. Period.”

Full Story - Washington Post
The Saints Are ‘Just Stacking Wins’ Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 09:27 PM


By Peter King

These Saints are dangerous. You just can’t put them away. When Washington scored on Kirk Cousins’ third touchdown pass of the game with six minutes to play, New Orleans trailed 31-16, and the team with the stingiest defense in the league over the last month looked doomed.

It was an uncharacteristic day for the New Orleans D, the most interesting new defensive unit in the league. The Saints had won seven in a row entering Sunday’s game against explosive Washington, and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen told him team: You’ve been playing a lot of games that weren’t very close. But this one, I guarantee you, will be different. Allen was right. In the previous four games, the Saints had won by nine, eight, 20 and 37, and allowed just 12.3 points per game.

But Kirk Cousins was making some superstar plays, including one that he’ll remember for the rest of his life. Third quarter, Washington ball at the Saints’ 40, the Saints show an all-out blitz.

“We didn’t just show it,” said New Orleans safety Vonn Bell, part of the young nucleus of the Saints’ back end. “We sent the house.’’...

Full Story - Sports Illustrated
It was ugly at times, but Saints' win on Sunday might have been most important of the season Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:38 PM


By Nick Underhill

Sean Payton discretely knocked on wood last week after answering a question about Marshon Lattimore’s injury history and how the Saints made peace with it before selecting him in the first round of the draft.

The particle board saved Lattimore’s hamstrings, but it couldn't completely protect him. The cornerback suffered an ankle injury that knocked him out of action on Sunday. It remains to be seen if there will be lingering effects, both for Lattimore and the team, but that knock might have also saved New Orleans from making payment on some karmic vig.

New Orleans might have had its most important win on Sunday. Don’t confuse it with being the prettiest or best victory of the year — it was neither of those things. This is one that will be celebrated for one night. But if the players need sunglasses and Advil to face the morning light, they’ll likely pay a cost Monday morning because the coaching staff will have their heads ringing as they get torn into for multiple mistakes made during the 34-31 overtime victory over the Washington Redskins..

But that’s the key word in this equation: Victory. This was a game in which the Saints had a 0.32 percent chance of winning, according to various statistical calculations, with less than 5 minutes remaining the fourth quarter. That’s a valuable experience for a young team. Anyone can cruise when everything is right, but what will come to light when things are rough? And at times, the face of this game looked worse than Freddy Krueger after standing too close to a grill at a barbecue...

Full Story - The Advocate
Vintage Drew Brees performance brings Saints back in historic fashion to beat Washington Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:36 PM


By Joel A. Erickson

The New Orleans Saints no longer need Drew Brees to win games.

That has been both narrative and reality during the Saints' rise to the top of the NFC South standings. New Orleans has ridden one of the NFL's best rushing attacks and a surprising defense to lofty heights.

But the legend is still capable of conjuring a Saints win out of thin air. Backed into a corner for the first time in two months, Brees brought New Orleans back for an improbable 34-31 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday to run the team's winning streak to eight games, the most since 2011.

"I'm ready, willing and able to do whatever I have to do to help this team win," Brees said. "From game to game, that can be a little bit different."

New Orleans (8-2) desperately needed Brees to be brilliant on Sunday...

Full Story - The Advocate
Sean Payton, Saints dial up perfect 2-point play to complete comeback against Redskins Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:35 PM


By Joel A. Erickson

The New Orleans Saints started dialing up the 2-point conversion call that tied the game long before Alvin Kamara made the bobbling touchdown catch that gave them a chance to send Sunday's game to overtime.

Sean Payton had three options. Ultimately, the Saints got the defensive look they wanted, and Alvin Kamara beat the Redskins to the left corner of the end zone for the game-tying score.

"We had it dialed up the drive before," Kamara said. "We talked about it, the possible calls we'd have, and that was one of them. Josh (Hill) had a great block on the outside, and we got in there."

The play call on an important 2-point conversion might be one of the toughest to make in any game. Unlike a lot of other plays, there are no second chances; Kamara either had to make it into the end zone or the Saints were likely headed home with a loss...

Full Story - The Advocate

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Saints win in overtime! Dramatic 4th-quarter comeback sparks 34-31 victory over Washington Redskins Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:30 PM


Advocate Staff Report

A heart-stopping fourth-quarter comeback sent the game into overtime, and a Wil Lutz field goal in overtime won it as the Saints beat Washington, 34-31, Sunday at the Superdome.

The Saints have won eight straight for the fourth time in franchise history, and in the most dramatic way possible. It almost didn't happen.

After last week's blowout in Buffalo, the New Orleans Saints struggled much of the game to run the ball and failed to stop the Washington Redskins offense.

Full Story - The Advocate

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Resilient Saints pass toughest test yet with comeback vs. Washington Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:25 PM


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

During training camp this summer, the New Orleans Saints spent extra time practicing their 2-minute drill. Based on how the 2016 unfolded, the Saints expected the last 2 minutes of games to be a critical factor in their games.

Through nine games in 2017, though, the end of the fourth quarter was mostly irrelevant. The Saints lost their first two games by double digits, and they won their next seven games by an average of 18.4 points. Only one of the Saints' first nine games, Week 8 against the Chicago Bears, was decided by one possession, and they still led that one wire to wire.

On Sunday, the Saints finally had a chance to see if the extra work on the 2-minute drill paid off. They trailed Washington 31-16 before scoring 15 points in the final 3 minutes of regulation and winning the game in overtime, 34-31...

Full Story - NOLA.com


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Drew Brees' back plenty strong enough to carry the Saints Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:21 PM


By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Drew Brees, the afterthought.

Sounds strange, and yet the quarterback has typically been lost in the discussions of how the New Orleans Saints transformed from a mind-numbingly mediocre team to one of the best in the NFL in 2017.

The story of this year's Saints has centered around an improved defense and a dominating rushing attack. I've seen and heard Brees far too often this season be mentioned in terms of a declining John Elway or Peyton Manning, a "game manager."

It was inevitable that at some point Brees would have to put this Saints team on his back and will them to victory. It was expected that eventually the defense would run into trouble, like it did Sunday against Washington in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara strong individually, unstoppable together Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:19 PM


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

The story of this year's New Orleans Saints running back tandem added yet another unbelievable chapter Sunday.

Rookie Alvin Kamara scored the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion against Washington on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. When overtime began, Mark Ingram ran the Saints into field-goal position to set up the game-winning kick.

Then, after the Saints completed their come-from-behind 34-31 victory, the two running backs did their interviews in tandem for the second week in a row. Individually, both players are exceptional, but together, they've made the New Orleans running game and short passing game unstoppable.

"It's great to have two guys like that," quarterback Drew Brees said...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Mark Ingram tops 5,000-yard career rushing mark during win over Washington Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:17 PM


By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has a place in team history.

Ingram entered Sunday's game with 4,910 yards rushing on his seven-year career and needed 90 yards to join Deuce McAllister as the second Saints player with 5,000 career yards rushing.

The 5-foot-9, 215-pound Ingram accomplished the feat in overtime with a 20-yard run, and then for good measure followed with a 31-yard scamper to give him 134 yards on the game and set up the game-winning field goal in a wild 34-31 win over Washington.

After the game, Ingram didn't take being mentioned in the same sentence with McAllister very lightly...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Saints come back from 15-point deficit vs. Washington: Final score, stats, recap Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:16 PM


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

The New Orleans Saints faced a dire situation on Sunday, but somehow, some way, they extended their winning streak to eight games with a 34-31 win over Washington at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints (8-2) scored 15 points in the final 3 minutes of regulation to force overtime, and after a defensive stand, the offense quickly marched to a game-winning Wil Lutz field goal.

For most of the afternoon, it looked like the Saints had reverted to their problematic play from the first two weeks of the season.

After standout Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore left the game with an injury in the first quarter, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins regularly exploited problems in the Saints' pass coverage as he threw three touchdowns to wide-open players. And until late in the fourth quarter, the Saints offense lacked the firepower it had shown in recent games...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Saints so hot that a 15-point deficit in final minutes doesn't stand a chance Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:39 PM


By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- If this winds up being a special season for the New Orleans Saints, they will point back to Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins for years.

Just like 2009 all over again.

The Saints (8-2) had no business winning their eighth straight game Sunday after trailing by 15 points with less than three minutes remaining -- just like those ’09 Super Bowl Saints had no business coming back from a 10-point deficit at Washington in the fourth quarter. Fittingly, the hero of that game -- receiver Robert Meachem -- served as the honorary captain on Sunday.

But sure enough, two quick touchdowns, three defensive stops and a field goal in overtime led the Saints to a 34-31 victory and kept them flying as the hottest team in the NFL (even on their worst day)...

Full Story - ESPN.com
Saints overcome 15-point deficit in final three minutes to stun Redskins in OT Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:37 PM


By Sean Wagner-McGough

The Saints have now won eight straight games after an incredible comeback

The Saints rode into Sunday on a seven-game winning streak. That streak should've ended at the hands of the Redskins.

For 55-plus minutes, the Redskins outplayed the Saints. And they lost. Somehow, the Saints found a way to score the final 18 points of the game to steal a 34-31 overtime win, stretch their winning run to eight games, and improve to 8-2 on the year.

To be clear: With three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Saints trailed by 15 points. And they won.


After an extra point, the Saints needed a stop and eight points. They got the stop. And then they got the eight points...

Full Story - CBS Sports
Saints make history in wild OT victory over Redskins Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:34 PM


By Chris Wesseling

After falling behind by 15 points late in the fourth quarter, the white-hot New Orleans Saints rallied for a pair of late touchdowns and an overtime field goal to pull off a thrilling 34-31 victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 11. Here's what we learned in Sunday's action:


1. It's a shame this tightly contested contest had to have a loser, as both teams showed enviable resolve and resiliency for 60 minutes. Down by a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion with three minutes remaining, Drew Brees completed his final 11 passes on twin scoring drives to send the game to overtime. Following a Cameron Jordan sack and drops by Vernon Davis and Samaje Perine on the Redskins' opening possession of the extra period, Mark Ingram rumbled for 51 yards on two carries to set up Will Lutz's game-winning kick. Riding the swell of a wild comeback victory en route to the first ever eight-game winning streak by a team that started the season 0-2, the Saints surf into Los Angeles to do battle with the 7-3 Rams next week...

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Mike D's Very Early Look at the Top 52 Prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft
Posted On 06-08-2017


A Very Early Look at the Top 52 Prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft

By Mike Detillier


1. Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

2. Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

3. Arden Key, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, LSU

4. Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

5. Saquon Barkley, Halfback, Penn State

6. Malik Jefferson, Middle/Outside Linebacker, Texas

7. Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

8. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cornerback/Free Safety, Alabama

9. Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M

10. Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, North Carolina State

11. Derrius Guice, Halfback, LSU

12. Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

13. Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

14. Tarvarus McFadden, Cornerback, Florida State

15. Harold Landry, Defensive End/OLB, Boston College

16. Sam Hubbard, Defensive End, Ohio State

17. Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

18. Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

19. Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

20. Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington

21. Cameron Smith, Middle Linebacker, USC

22. Marquis Haynes, Outside Linebacker, Ole Miss

23. Mark Andrews, Tight End, Oklahoma

24. Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

25. Jaylon Ferguson, Defensive End, Louisiana Tech

26. Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

27. James Washington, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

28. Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End, Clemson

29. Da'Shawn Hand, Defensive End, Alabama

30. Iman Marshall, Cornerback, USC

31. Tyquan Lewis, Defensive End, Ohio State

32. Martez Ivey, Offensive Tackle/Guard, Florida

33. Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville

34. Lowell Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah

35. Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

36. Marcus Allen, Free/Strong Safety, Penn State

37. Bo Scarbrough, Halfback, Alabama

38. Deon Cain, Wide Receiver, Clemson

39. Martinas Rankin, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State

40. Jerome Baker, Outside Linebacker, Ohio State

41. Royce Freeman, Halfback, Oregon

42. Derrick Nnadi, Defensive Tackle, Florida State

43. Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

44. Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

45. Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

46. Troy Fumagalli, Tight End, Wisconsin

47. Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

48. Dante Pettis, Wide Receiver, Washington

49. Quin Blanding, Strong Safety, Virginia

50. Armani Watts, Free Safety, Texas A&M

51. Larry Allen, Jr., Offensive Guard, Harvard

52. Micah Kiser, Inside Linebacker, Virginia


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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...
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