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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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9/11 @Vikings 6:10
9/17 PATRIOTS 12:00
9/24 @Panthers 12:00
10/2 @Dolphins 8:30am
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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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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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Notebook: Saints to start voluntary organized team activities Tuesday Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 10:57 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The Saints get back to work this week.

The team will begin conducting voluntary organized team activities on Tuesday, the first of nine sessions to take place over the next three weeks. Mandatory minicamp camp will take place from June 13-15.

Live contact is not allowed to occur during the sessions, but teams can do on-field work between the offense and defense for the first time this offseason. The practices will be open to the media once per week.

The practices will give the Saints an opportunity to get a look at some of the new players acquired this offseason, as well as those working their way back from injury. The practices are also an opportunity to give some on-field instruction and to install some things from the playbook.

Full Article -- Advocate
Tulane launches Professional Athlete Care Team, a first-of-its-kind clinic for former NFL players and other pros Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 10:33 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

When Jabari Greer retired from the NFL in 2014, the former New Orleans Saints cornerback found himself trying to navigate a medical world that felt foreign.

A decade spent playing a punishing sport leaves a lot of physical unknowns, and as Greer entered his post-football life, he needed to know what he faced.Except that he had no idea where to start. Greer, at the age of 33, had never booked his own doctor's appointment, much less chosen a primary physician or a specialist.

"If you had the flu, if you had issues with your head, shoulders, knees or toes, whatever it was, you went to the athletic trainer, and they set you up with a prospective doctor that could address your need," Greer said.

A whole new set of concerns awaits after a player finds a doctor. Detailed health records might be scattered in different cities and offices around the country; a former NFL star also likely needs a wide range of tests that can take as long as eight months to complete, given the number of specialists a player might need to see.

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints Improvement Right Up the Middle Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-21-2017 02:57 AM

Saints Improvement Right Up the Middle

By Mike Detillier

There will be question marks about the New Orleans Saints’ ability to consistently rush the quarterback opposite Cameron Jordan in 2017 and how quickly the two rookie defensive backs in cornerback Marshon Lattimore and free safety Marcus Williams along with second year safety Vonn Bell can be playmakers and come up with turnovers on the backside, but what I think will be the strength of the Saints defense this year is right up with the middle.

Like a baseball team trying to upgrade their pitching, catcher spot, second base position and centerfield the Saints have some real talent to watch develop at defensive tackle, A.J. Klein at middle linebacker and the safety threesome of Kenny Vaccaro, Vonn Bell and 2017 second round pick Marcus Williams.

The Saints know what they have in a tough and steady performer in Tyeler Davison. Davison, the 6-2, 300 pounder has been a solid inside performer in run support and he is relentless to run the field in run support. The Saints coaching staff love the effort, toughness and instincts the former 2015 fifth round selection possesses.

The Saints liked what they saw from veteran free agent pick-up Nick Fairley. Nick Fairley is the best natural pass rusher the Saints have on the roster from the inside and last season he produced with 6 ˝ quarterback sacks.

The team thought enough of Fairley to reward him with a new four-year, $30 million dollar contract extension in the spring. The Saints hope they can consistently get great effort from the former 13th overall selection in the 2011 draft and that was something the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams couldn’t do.

But the mercurial Fairley is very talented and he gives a push up the middle the Black and Gold has not seen in some time.

But the real “watch” points are the two second year defensive tackles in Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata.

Rankins, the Saints 2016 first round choice, was in on 20 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 4 quarterback sacks in 9 games after he came back from a broken fibula and in stretches the former Louisville standout flashed big time inside skills.

One opposing NFL defensive line coach who worked out Rankins before the 2016 draft told me, “Rankins has a chance to do for the Saints what Kawann Short does for the Carolina Panthers. He is very talented as an inside pass rusher and he does a good job clogging things up inside in run support.”
And then there is David Onyemata.

Six years ago Onyemata didn’t even know what American football was, but after playing his college football at Manitoba College in Canada the Saints made a draft-day trade in order to select the 6-4, 300 pounder in the fourth round last spring.

The Nigeria native didn’t put up huge stats in 2016 racking up 18 tackles and zero quarterback sacks, but the talent and potential is there and the Saints coaching staff and players on the team feel as though he will have a break-out season in 2017 due to his unique combination of strength, speed, intelligence and quickness off the snap.

That foursome at defensive tackle have to play big early on in 2017 against a brutal schedule and also have AJ. Klein be the take-charge leader and productive player at middle linebacker which they have sorely lacked.

Klein is athletic, smart and he knows what to do on every snap, not just some of...
New Orleans Saints Given B+ for Undrafted Free Agent Class Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-20-2017 07:55 PM

Carried by two local kids.

By Chris Dunnells -- CSC

With the 2017 NFL Draft squarely in the books, focus has turned to the undrafted free agents acquired by each team across the NFL. Bleacher Report recently released grades for each undrafted free agent class, and the Saints are given a solid B+ for the class, carried by two local products.

LSU wide receiver Travin Dural wasn't especially productive in college, never catching more than 40 passes in a season. Nor did he test especially well at the NFL Scouting Combine. But...the 6'1", 202-pounder is more than his stats. Zierlein projected Dural as a fifth- or sixth-round pick, so it can be argued the Saints got a bargain with the hometown hero.

Full Article -- CSC
3 Saints primed to break out in 2017 Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-20-2017 07:02 PM

By Rick Brown -- FanRag

Producing offense has not been a problem with the New Orleans Saints under the direction of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. The Saints are generally among the top teams in offensive yards every season.

It has been the defense that has let the Saints down the last few years, with the team finishing at 7-9 in each of the last three seasons. During the offseason, the Saints attempted to address their shortcomings on defense through free agency and the draft.

Now, as the team gets in the preparation mode for the 2017 season, here are three Saints players primed for breakout seasons.

Willie Snead, WR

The Saints already have a No. 1 receiver in second-year Michael Thomas, and Ted Ginn Jr. is expected to fill the speed role as the team’s No. 2 receiver. Snead is someone who could benefit from*playing with them.

Full Article -- FanRag
1 Is there a defensive coverage Drew Brees can't succeed against? The short answers is no Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-20-2017 04:50 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Patrick Peterson thought he knew how to solve Drew Brees. Not permanently, or even for a quarter. Just for a moment here and there.

When the Cardinals faced the Saints last season, Brees was coming off a pair of games in which he threw a combined six interceptions. People were concerned. Was Brees hurt? Was he suddenly fading? Naturally, when the Arizona cornerback spoke with New Orleans media before the game, the conversation centered on what was going on with the Saints' offense.

Some of those interceptions were squarely on Brees. He had a few passes jumped and was off the mark on others, but Peterson didn't overreact. He explained that it looked like the Saints’ receivers let the quarterback down on a couple of plays and. And Brees always bounces back, Peterson noted.

That was all fine and good, but at the end of the conversation, a reporter asked Peterson if there was any way to fool Brees. He decided to share a theory.

“He does not see that very often in defenses. Quarter-quarter-half is definitely that. Not only does it confuse him, but it can confuse a lot of quarterbacks because it’s a great changeup call,” Peterson said. “You just never know which side is going to that quarter side, which side is going to be the Cover 2 side because it all looks the same.

Full Article -- Advocate
Taking precautions: Saints have interest in Cody Wallace Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-19-2017 11:28 PM

The New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers among the teams who reportedly have an interest in center Cody Wallace.

By Tyler Raymond -- Who Dat Dish

The New Orleans Saints have been prominent during the offseason. They’ve acquired several players. Among those the Saints paid particular attention to the offensive line, signing OG Larry Warford during the offseason and drafting OT Ryan Ramczyk in the first round. These additions along with the interest in Wallace clearly show the Saints are committed to improving the offensive line this season.

Full Article -- Who Dat Dish
Drew Brees: Colin Kaepernick not being blackballed, Jay Cutler and Tony Romo may play again Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-19-2017 08:18 PM

Drew Brees might challenge Tom Brady for longevity, believes Colin Kaepernick has a potential long career ahead of him

By Mark Carman -- Fansided

Super Bowl MVP quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees will enter the 2017 season at 38 years old. Brees is technically under contract for three more years after the season, but will in all likelihood renegotiate a new deal with the Saints at the end of the year. Tom Brady is 39 and has been open about playing until his mid-40s. Does Brees want to play as long as Brady?

“Potentially. I know he plans to play a long, long time as well, Brees said. “Obviously, his mindset, the way he thinks about the future, there is some similarity to the way I’m approaching it.”

Brees has a chance to play that long. His durability to this point has been incredible, only two missed games since joining the Saints in 2006.*Brees gives the NFL credit for rule changes in recent years to make the game safer.

“There are always slight tweaks and modifications,” Brees said. “How are we making the game safer while still maintaining the competitive balance of the game and the physicality? How can we keep that all balanced while keeping the players healthy is always the number one priority for the players?

Full Article -- Fansided
Tough love helped Saints rookie Arthur Maulet grow up as a senior at Memphis Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-18-2017 04:18 PM

By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

Arthur Maulet perfectly fits the description of what the New Orleans Saints*want in a nickel cornerback.

He has short-area quickness, he's strong, he can stop the run and create pressure on the quarterback.

But, even with all those skills, the possibility of playing in the NFL seemed highly unlikely just one year ago while Maulet was at Memphis.

The Tigers hired Mike Norvell as coach in 2016, and the new staff immediately noticed Maulet's potential, but the Bonnabel High graduate had yet to showcase all his talents.

"Arthur is a kid that's a prime example that as long as your work ethic reflects your goals, success is bound to happen for you," Memphis defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson said in a phone interview this week.

Full Article -- Picayune
1 Drew Brees: Idea of self-reporting concussions is a 'gray area' Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-18-2017 03:48 PM

By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

Drew Brees took a pass when asked for his thoughts on Gisele Bundchen's recent comments that her husband, Tom Brady, had a concussion last year that wasn't reported.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback, however, did say that he probably wouldn't even tell his own wife, Brittany, if he was dinged or got his bell rung in a game.

"I wouldn't want her to worry," Brees told "The Dan Patrick Show."

Brees agreed that the idea of self-reporting concussions is a "gray area," because players don't always know when they suffered a concussion and because they might be too competitive to take themselves out of a game.

Full Article -- ESPN
Saints rookies taste the New Orleans experience Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-17-2017 04:55 PM

By Louis Puissegur IV -- NewOrleansSaints.com

The Touchdown Club of New Orleans introduced Saints rookies to the culture of the city with its 45th Super Boil on Tuesday, May 16 at the Harahan Lions Club.

The rookies participated in a second line, listened to jazz music and were treated to a tray (or even two) of boiled crawfish. The event, designed to bring Saints fans closer to the new faces on the team, set the tone for what the rookies will see from the Saints Nation. Club members took pictures with and received autographs from the rookies, along with enjoying the crawfish.

One player who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience was Marcus Williams. While dancing to the music, the team's second-round draft pick from Utah described that being able to live and play in New Orleans “is a dream come true.” As the 6-foot-1, 202-pound safety*saw the crawfish for the first time, he “thought it was a lobster, a baby lobster.”

The Corona, Calif., native even sucked the head of a crawfish. “That’s how you get the flavor,” Williams said.

Full Article -- NewOrleansSaints.com
Saints seek balance with diverse, Adrian Peterson-led backfield Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-17-2017 04:38 PM

By Heath Evans -- NFL Network

We've all heard the saying, History repeats itself. And this could be a very good thing for the New Orleans Saints, with head coach Sean Payton making a concerted effort to balance his offensive attack this offseason.

I was part of a dynamic, balanced Saints offense in 2009, the season in which the franchise won its first-ever Super Bowl title. Before suffering a season-ending knee injury in late October, I shared the backfield with Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush and Mike Bell. Oh, and someone named Drew Brees was under center.

An in-depth look at that championship season reveals that Payton led the most balanced offensive unit of his tenure in New Orleans, running the ball on 45 percent of snaps and passing 55 percent of the time. This was the best version of the Saints' offense, with the play calling of Payton, the execution of Brees and the diversity of the backfield. Some might argue the Saints were better statistically in 2011, but we could do anything at any time to any defense in '09. And winning the Lombardi Trophy proved it. Whereas the '11 team couldn't come from behind in the Divisional Round, ending its chances at the franchise's second title two years later.

Full Article -- NFL Network
New Saints assistant Ryan Nielsen brings hands-on approach to defensive line Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-17-2017 04:06 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Ryan Nielsen has a big job in front of him.

Brought in from North Carolina State after impressing Sean Payton more than anybody else in a lengthy interview process, Nielsen takes over a Saints defensive line that has a pair of established veterans in Cam Jordan and Nick Fairley.

But Nielsen also takes over a defensive line group that includes a big group of players with three or fewer seasons under their belt, players like Sheldon Rankins, David Onyemata and Hau'oli Kikaha who could pay big dividends if they can take the next step.

Enter Nielsen.

"We spent a lot of time looking for the right defensive line coach, and we heard a number of good things about him, and we brought him through like we did the rest of the coaches we interviewed," Saints head coach Sean Payton said last weekend. "There was something unique about him. I think he is an outstanding teacher, very confident."

Full Article -- Advocate
1 Ryan Nielsen fulfills dream to coach in NFL, brings passion to Saints defensive line Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-17-2017 02:17 PM

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

Ryan Nielsen found himself early in the year content to serve as a defensive line coach and run game coordinator for defense at North Carolina State.

But an opportunity to move up materialized in February when the New Orleans Saints showed interest in Nielsen to replace Bill Johnson, who was not retained after the 2016 season.

New Orleans eventually hired the 38-year-old Nielsen on Feb. 9, and the event helped one of the newest members of the team's coaching staff to fulfill a career aspiration.

"I think there's always a dream, there's a goal, maybe one day," Nielsen said. "I was really happy at NC State, but now that I'm here, I look back and the decision was a no-brainer."

A high comfort level throughout the hiring process also contributed to Nielsen's decision to leave North Carolina State.

Full Article -- Picayune
Marshon Lattimore could be one of many new starters on Saints' defense Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-16-2017 02:20 PM

By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror, and organized team activities and minicamps in full swing, here's a starting lineup projection for the New Orleans Saints:


QB: Drew Brees. The Saints came close to drafting a successor in Pat Mahomes with the 11th pick. Instead, they didn't draft a QB at all. No need to force it (yet) since Brees is still thriving at age 38 and just led the NFL with 5,208 passing yards.

RB: Mark Ingram. New Orleans' backfield got more crowded with the signing of Adrian Peterson and the drafting of Alvin Kamara. But Ingram remains the main man after his first 1,000-yard rushing season.

Full Article -- ESPN
1 Underhill: The Saints believe their running game has the potential to be as good as anyone's Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-16-2017 01:21 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Joel Thomas knows this team has an opportunity.

The Saints running backs coach sees the names on the depth chart -- Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara -- and the possibilities start to swirl. This group could be special. This group could be one, like in 2009 and 2011 when New Orleans averaged more than 130 rushing yards per game, that complements the passing game and takes pressure off the defense.

“It’s an opportunity to do something here that hasn’t been done before,” Thomas said. “We have very talented running backs in our room right now. You can put us up there with these other groups, whether it’s Atlanta’s duo or Dallas’ duo. I think we got one of the better groups in the NFL.

“We just got to produce. That’s the bottom line. It’s all talk right now until we get to Sundays in September.”

Full Article -- Advocate
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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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