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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


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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John DeShazier: Young Saints players getting their first taste of success Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 10:56 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com

The New Orleans Saints (3-2) will be looking to win their fourth straight game Sunday, against the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

They hadn’t won three straight since Games 6-8 of the 2015 season, and haven’t won four straight since opening the ’13 season with five consecutive wins. So, for many of the young players on the roster, this is the longest run of success they’ve experienced in the NFL.

It’s evidence that winning is difficult, and satisfying to know that the work is paying dividends.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com
The underrated greatness of Drew Brees, and an unlikely Saints revival Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:03 PM

By Bill Barnwell -- ESPN Staff Writer

No team has improved its playoff odds more over the past month than the New Orleans Saints, who the Football Power Index estimated to hold a 5.1 percent shot of hitting the postseason after an 0-2 start. After rolling off a pair of impressive victories before their bye and winning a rollicking encounter against the Lions in Week 6, the 3-2 Saints are now favorites to make their way back into the postseason, with a 62.9 percent chance of playing past Week 17.

Naturally, the player at the heart of the Saints is quarterback Drew Brees. In writing about the league's potential MVP candidates after Week 4, it felt as if we were almost taking Brees for granted, given that he had arguably the best numbers in football.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints legend Jahri Evans has been stabilizing factor for banged-up Packers offensive line Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 02:17 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

One of the best offensive linemen in the history of the New Orleans Saints will be lining up in green and gold on Sunday.

Jahri Evans, who spent 11 years in New Orleans and made six Pro Bowls, is now wearing his familiar No. 73 at right guard for the Packers.

And he's been crucial to an offensive line that hasn't started the same combination twice this season. Of the Packers' five starters on the offensive line, only Evans and center Corey Linsley have started every game.

Full Article -- Advocate
Ryan Ramczyk, lineman for Badgers and New Orleans Saints, started out as a QB Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 01:49 PM

Editor's note: Stevens Point native Ryan Ramczyk will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday as an offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints. From 2002 to 2007, the Stevens Point Journal profiled four local youth football players, including Ramczyk, as they embarked on their football careers. This is the second article of a three-part series leading up to the Packers-Saints game with excerpts from the original series highlighting Ramczyk's progress.

By Scott A. Williams | Stevens Point Journal

Originally published Oct. 23, 2004 and Oct. 19, 2005

STEVENS POINT - Ryan Ramczyk, Seth Merrill, Zach Zaug and Jozef Wojciehoski are learning that studying isn't limited to the classroom.

While competing at the grade-school levels in Stevens Point Area Youth Football League, the quartet was enrolled in Football 101.

Players are catching on and starting to distinguish themselves as kids who have a chance to make an impact in football down the road.

Full Article -- USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Alvin Kamara could be Kareem Hunt good. Just wait. Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 01:00 PM

By Christopher Harris -- Washington Post

Seven days after the fact, last week’s column about Adrian Peterson’s final ride doesn’t look very smart. Whereas he never played more than 14 snaps in his four games with the Saints, on Sunday AP played a whopping 45 snaps in Arizona, carried it 26 times for 134 yards and scored twice: once on a slashing 27-yard scamper in the first quarter, and once from the goal line in the fourth. Maybe I’ll quibble and say he still looks on the slow side to me, but power and agility were in abundance. I’m skeptical he’ll hold up to that kind of workload every week, but it was an awesome debut with the Cardinals, epitomized by a play on which he didn’t touch the ball: Brent Grimes intercepted Carson Palmer in the third quarter with AP nearby, and Grimes juked Peterson, who crumpled to the turf. Grimes sprinted all the way across the field evading would-be tacklers, and about ten seconds later the offensive player who downed him was … Adrian Peterson. He just wanted it so much.

But I won’t criticize the Saints for dealing away Peterson on the cheap, because I think they’re set up for the future with a true stud rookie: Alvin Kamara.

Full Article -- Post
How the Saints salvaged their secondary and became a legitimate NFC threat Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:47 PM

By Mike Renner -- Washington Post

When the Saints started this season with back-to-back losses, giving up an average of 32.5 points per game, it was easy to chalk 2017 up as more of the same. With a defense still mired in futility for the better part of the last decade, there was little reason to believe this year would be any different.

In Week 3 though, a switch. The seemingly hapless Saints defense went into Carolina and held the Panthers to only 13 points. Then they shut out the Dolphins in London. And finally this past week, they scored as many touchdowns on defense (3) as the Lions scored on offense. It’s been one of the most head-scratching turnarounds in this early season. Looking at the talent on this roster though, and the advanced stats on how they’ve played the last three games, it’s unlikely they ever revert to the dismal form Saints fans have come to expect.

Full Article -- Post
How do Saints DBs avoid the hype? Gas masks Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:37 PM

By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

METAIRIE, La. -- Kenny Vaccaro laughed when he was asked if he has been playing his best football over the past three games.

Then he pulled out a gas mask.

Vaccaro and the other New Orleans Saints defensive backs were prepared for such questions Wednesday after the Saints’ defense has suddenly morphed into a dominant unit during their three-game win streak.

Vaccaro said the gas masks came from veteran Saints cornerback Sterling Moore, who bought them at a costume shop. The message was clear.

Full Article -- ESPN
1 How Saints use confusion, shifting looks on D-line to paint blurry picture for opposing QBs Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:20 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Take a look. Try to figure out how the Saints are going to rush.

You can watch every snap in a controlled setting, rewind the tape, and sometimes it still takes a couple looks to see how everyone is moving. Now try to imagine what Matthew Stafford is thinking when he’s looking out at the defense and trying to diagnose what will happen next.

Often, it’s three guys on the line. But sometimes it's four. Once, even, it was two. Players are milling about, standing up here and there. Some on the line. Some off the line. All of them look like they could be coming at any moment.

“You got to change things up,” defensive end Alex Okafor said. “That messes with offense’s eyes a little bit. Sometimes it allows us to get free players off the edge or up the middle.”

It’s a third-and-5 play during the third quarter, and New Orleans has three down defensive linemen. Cam Jordan and Okafor are on the ends, and Sheldon Rankins is playing nose tackle. Outside of Jordan stands Craig Robertson, A.J. Klein splits Rankins and Okafor, and Rafael Bush is on the other side.

Full Article -- Advocate
Michael Mauti used time away from Saints to fill in conditioning gaps left by offseason surgeries Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:13 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Michael Mauti has been training at the EXOS facility in Pensacola since the Saints decided to release him at the end of training camp.

When New Orleans called him to come work out this week, Mauti and his wife were at the grocery store getting ready for another week.

The torn ACL Nate Stupar suffered against Detroit changed those plans.

"I told my wife to drop the eggs and milk, and we got in the car and drove here," Mauti said. "It's an easy fill-in. Nate kind of does the same thing that I can bring to the team here."

Full Article -- Advocate
1 PFF: Ranking all 32 NFL defenses after Week 6 Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:03 AM

By Sam Monson -- PFF

Wins, losses and box score numbers can only tell you so much about how units are performing, but here PFF is going to offer some defensive rankings based on the data.

For the first time we have been able to dive deeper into PFF’s database of numbers and begin to build a picture of what numbers mean – actually run analytics on our analytics – and these rankings are a product of that research and work.

Effectively these rankings aggregate the play-by-play grading for every player on defense by facet of play (run defense, pass-rush, coverage, etc.), weights them by how much each area correlates to wins and losses through our research, and then adjusts for strength of opponent to create the final numbers.

So let’s take a look at what the analytics says about the top defenses through six weeks of the season:

Full Article -- PFF
Ryan Ramczyk's family, full of Packers fans, coming to Lambeau Field en masse on Sunday to see Saints rookie Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-18-2017 07:22 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Ryan Ramczyk has been to Lambeau Field countless times, tailgating with his father and family in the Green Bay neighborhoods that surround the venerated stadium.

Ramczyk and his dad, Randy, used to head into Lambeau Field early to watch the Packers warm up for the game.

This Sunday Ramczyk will enter Lambeau Field for the first time as the enemy. The Saints' rookie right tackle played the first game of his Wisconsin season at Lambeau, lining up against LSU in the Badgers' win, but this Sunday likely isn't going to feel anything like that experience.

"It was awesome, playing at Wisconsin and going there, but now, playing the Packers at Lambeau Field, it's different," Ramczyk said. "It's going to be a different atmosphere."

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints not taking Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley lightly Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-18-2017 06:22 PM

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints look to extend a current three-game winning streak in Week Seven and dodged a bullet by facing a Green Bay Packers team without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

But the Saints won't take Sunday's matchup lightly even as the Packers turn to Brett Hundley, who will make his first career start in place of Rodgers.

New Orleans has a challenge in scouting Hundley in live NFL action when considering the lack of regular-season game tape.

Saints coach Sean Payton, however, said Wednesday in teleconference that he is familiar with Hundley from evaluating the signal caller leading to the 2015 NFL Draft and preseason games.

"He is very athletic, he's fast, he can extend plays, he has a really good arm," Payton said. "I can recall when he came out.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints secondary being careful not to buy into the hype Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-18-2017 05:24 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Sterling Moore knew what was coming.

He knew that all the talk about the Saints this week was going to be about how great the Saints are, and how this young defense has turned a corner. He wanted to make sure the members of the secondary didn't buy into the hype, so he bought some gas masks and handed them out.

"I got the gas mask because everyone is going to say look what you've done the last three weeks," safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "But like I said, I've been through 50 games of not got good talk. Until we start stacking a year or two, that's when the cultures actually changed and not just a couple games."

Full Article -- Advocate
Forecast: It's beginning to look a lot like 2006 in the NFC Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-18-2017 04:25 PM

By Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer -- WWLTV

A third of the way through the 2017 NFL season it’s beginning to look and feel a lot like 2006.

Saints fans remember 2006 as the return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after Katrina, Steve Gleason magic, and the arrival of Drew Brees and Reggie Bush, but it was also the year the NFC was a total mess with no great teams and was won by the Rex Grossman-quarterbacked Chicago Bears.

You probably remember the 2006 NFC Title Game the Saints lost in Chicago 39-14 when everything went to hell in the fourth quarter. I bet you don’t remember that same Chicago team nearly lost at home to the 9-7 Seattle Seahawks the week before in overtime.

2006 is one of the great seasons in Saints history so we remember it fondly but the NFC that season was laughably mediocre. The Bears were the only team in the conference to win more than 10 games, two 9-7 teams made the playoffs, and even one 8-8 team (New York Giants) snuck in the postseason.

Full Article -- WWLTV
Saints have all players present for Wednesday's practice Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-18-2017 02:46 PM

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints start off game preparations on a healthy note ahead of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

For a second straight week, the Saints had all players on the active 53-man roster present on the field during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media.

Cornerback Sterling Moore, who was inactive in Week Six, was observed in full pads and going through the stretching and conditioning segment of practice.

Full Article -- Picayune
Henderson commentary after the Saints go over .500 Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-18-2017 02:08 PM

By Jim Henderson -- FOX 8 Saints Analyst

(WVUE) - It's not always whom you play, but when you play them, and with whom you play.

Sunday, a refreshed Saints team, coming off a bye, and regaining collective health. Took on a Lion team playing its last game before its bye, bruised and battered. Playing behind a porous offensive line and on one good leg, Matthew Stafford was sacked 5 times. By the end of the game he was "protected" by his third string right guard and third string left tackle. Playing behind the best offensive line the Saints had put on the field this season ,Drew Brees was sacked not at all while the running game actually surpassed the passing game.

While the Saints suffered no apparent injuries of consequence to their starters, the Lions lost their most valuable defender in Glover Quinn, and most dangerous receiver in Golden Tate.

Full Article -- WVUE
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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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