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2017 Schedule
Date Opponent Time
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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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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Don't tweak the NFL overtime rule, fix it Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 06:21 PM

By Bill Plaschke -- LA Times

The NFL’s theater of the absurd is once again working overtime.
At the owners’ meetings in Chicago on Tuesday, the league finally made a change to the dumbest rule in sports.

Except it’s still the dumbest rule in sports.

The owners agreed to shorten the league’s onerous overtime period from 15 to 10 minutes, which is a little like wrapping garland around a dumpster.
The thing still stinks. The NFL overtime is still patently unfair, competitively unbalanced, and wretchedly unreasonable.

It’s beset by a flaw so basic, even a group with zero collective common sense should be able to understand it, yet despite all sorts of tweaks and twists, the NFL owners still haven’t gotten it right.

It’s still the only overtime in any sport that does not guarantee both teams a chance to win.

Full Article -- Times
New Orleans Saints Sophomore Spotlight: David Onyemata Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 05:37 PM

Is David Onyemata primed to become the next "Nigerian Nightmare"?

By Bob Rose -- CSC

If you listen closely enough, you might still be able to hear the echoes of shrieks and screams from some of the Saints faithful: 'They drafted WHO?!' 'FROM WHERE?!?!' 'And they TRADED to get him?!' Such was the refrain from many New Orleans fans when the team made a trade with the Washington Redskins in the 2016 draft to move back into the 4th Round to select a player that many had not even heard of. His name was David Onyemata, and he played college football at the University of Manitoba near Winnipeg, Canada, not exactly the mecca of college football.

Onyemata grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, a handful of hours away from Enugu, which is best known as the birthplace of Christian Okoye. Okoye was a running back with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987-92, and appropriately nicknamed "The Nigerian Nightmare" for his physical and dominating running style. Onyemata himself had never seen a North American football game until he immigrated to Western Canada in 2011 to attend Manitoba.

Full Article -- CSC
Cause of death of Seahawk Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy remains unclear as family, friends struggle with his passing Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 05:19 PM

A cause of death of legendary Seahawk defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy may not be known for two-three months.

By Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks -- Seattle Times

While friends and family members struggled a day later to come to grips with the tragedy of the sudden passing of legendary Seattle Seahawk Cortez Kennedy on Tuesday, a cause of death remained unclear.

A spokesman for the District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office in Orange County, Fla., said an official cause of death likely won’t be determined until results of toxicology tests come back, which could take 10-12 weeks.

Kennedy’s stepfather Joe Harris, said in a phone interview with the Seattle Times Wednesday morning that the family remains uncertain what occurred.

“We really don’t know what happened,’’ Harris said. “No conclusions yet at this time.’’

Full Article -- Times
Statements from Tom and Gayle Benson, Mickey Loomis on death of Cortez Kennedy Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 04:42 PM

Pro Football Hall of Famer was part of Saints family

By NewOrleansSaints.com

Statement from Saints owners Tom and Gayle Benson on the death of Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy:

"Words cannot express the sense of loss and heartbreak we as an organization are feeling at this time. Gayle and I were shocked and heartbroken upon hearing the news this morning. Cortez was a man who was truly a role model and inspiration in every sense, he was considered a part of our family, and we will miss the happiness, joy and insight he brought us each and every time we were fortunate enough to spend time with him. His life should be an example for not only players but all of us, from the way he was raised by his parents, who instilled the value of hard work to the way he lived his life and played with those same values, but most importantly the way he raised Courtney, his daughter who was the center of his universe. The NFL has lost a Hall of Fame player and we have lost a Hall of Fame friend and a role model who will always remain a part of our family in the lasting memories and laughs he provided."

Full Article -- NewOrleansSaints.com
Saints' plan to fix linebacker woes: More is better Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 04:13 PM

By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

METAIRIE, La. -- For the New Orleans Saints’ revamped linebacker corps, it feels a lot like Who’s at Mike, What’s at Will and I Don’t Know’s at Sam.

But the crowded competition should begin to sort itself out Tuesday as the Saints kick off four weeks of OTA and minicamp practices.

Even new linebackers coach Mike Nolan seems to agree that the linebacker depth chart is one of the most intriguing mysteries of the Saints’ offseason.

Nolan was asked during rookie minicamp, “Do you have any idea …” And before the question was even finished, Nolan interjected, “… how it’s gonna work out?”

“No, not at all,” Nolan answered. “And I’m glad about that because the competition is gonna be there for some time.”

Full Article -- ESPN
Barnwell's offseason report cards on Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Bucs Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:50 PM

By Bill Barnwell -- ESPN

It's time to reflect on the 2017 offseason. There are a few stray veterans left in the free-agent pool, and teams could still execute something unexpected if injuries arise, but organizations have mostly closed their checkbooks and built the rosters they will take onto the field in September.

Of course, we can know only so much right now. This time last year, there was no way anybody knew that the Cowboys had drafted a franchise quarterback. Kyle Shanahan was lucky to survive the offseason in Atlanta as an offensive coordinator, let alone be considering head-coaching roles.

At the same time, we can look at what each team's goals were (or should have been) heading into March and gain a sense of whether they did enough to address those concerns. In most cases, we also can plot what they have to do before hitting Week 1.

Full Article -- ESPN
Can Mike Nolan Raise Stephone Anthony’s Career from the Ashes? Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:04 PM

With one promising season followed by one letdown season on his resume, can Stephone Anthony turn his young career around with the help of new Saints linebacker coach Mike Nolan?

By Monty602 -- CSC

Many fans and sports writers alike have wondered what transgression could have possibly caused Anthony’s tumble down the depth chart. Some assume a lack of coaching is the main culprit, and those of us who have followed former linebackers coach Joe Vitt’s career know very well he failed to develop a single drafted linebacker in 10 seasons with the Saints.

Some attribute Anthony’s shift from middle linebacker to strong side linebacker as another reason for his sophomoric slump. Perhaps he was not ready to serve as the quarterback of the defense, calling plays and aligning players at the snap. But again, it’s up to the coaches to put players in the best position to succeed with regard to their own strengths and weaknesses.

Others blame his lack of skill in coverage over the middle as the defining weakness in his game. Sean Payton, himself, said that Anthony needed to work on his “instincts.” I hate to say it, but if a predator’s instincts at catching prey suck, the predator will die as it cannot feed itself. Still, I don’t think Anthony is to blame for any of these theories, even if one or more of them is true.

Full Article -- CSC
Player Profile: Adam Bighill Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 02:46 PM

Saints attempt to strike gold with another CFL player in Adam Bighill.

By Dayton Brown -- Who Dat Dish

After cornerback Delvin Breaux became a standout starter for New Orleans in just his first season with the team (2015), the Saints have signed 5 other Canadian Football League players. Two of those players come via this past offseason, including defensive back Adam Bighill.

Bighill went undrafted in 2011 after playing 4 seasons for Central Washington University. Shortly thereafter, Bighill signed with the BC Lions of the CFL. Bighill finished with a phenomenal career with the Lions. He finished as a 4-time CFL All-Star and a 5-time CFL West All-Star. As a rookie, Bighill also helped BC win their 6th Grey Cup.

Full Article -- Who Dat Dish
New Orleans Saints Sophomore Spotlight: Ken Crawley Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 01:30 PM

Will Saints second-year cornerback Ken Crawley continue the progress he made as a rookie in 2016?

By Bob Rose -- CSC

At this time last year, former Colorado defensive back Ken Crawley was an undrafted college free agent preparing for his first NFL minicamp with the New Orleans Saints. Competition for playing time would be fierce, not to mention the usual uphill struggles that accompany any undrafted free agent in making a roster. After all, the Saints would-be returning 2015 budding star Delvin Breaux, second-year players P.J. Williams and Damian Swann, veteran Keenan Lewis rehabbing from injury, and fellow UDFA's De'Vante Harris and Jimmy Pruitt at the position.

Crawley entered the league with a number of physical tools that intrigued the New Orleans defensive coaches, but also with a few noticeable red flags. He's a tall (6-foot-1) corner with very good athletic ability, fluid movement in coverage, and long arms to disrupt the receivers he was assigned to cover. Crawley also gave up an alarming number of touchdowns in college, 19 during his career, and struggled with pass interference penalties.

Full Article -- CSC
Saints to begin conducting organized team activities on Tuesday Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:34 PM

By NewOrleansSaints.com

The media selection committee of the Saints Hall of Fame has selected G Carl Nicks and LB Jonathan Vilma for induction in 2017. Saints Administrative Director Jay Romig, an employee in his 41st year with the Saints organization is the 2017 recipient of the Joe Gemelli “Fleur-De-Lis” Award, given yearly to a person who has contributed to the betterment of the Saints organization.

Nicks, 6-5, 349, was originally selected by New Orleans in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft (164th overall) out of Nebraska. He moved into the starting left guard position in the fourth game of his rookie campaign, as New Orleans finished first in the National Football League in total offense and in his over four seasons with the Saints, he opened 61 of the 64 games he appeared in, with the club leading the league offensively three times.

Nicks opened all 16 games for the first time in his career during the 2009 season and went on to open all three postseason contests on the way to the Super Bowl XLIV championship, as the Saints offensive line was awarded the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award. In 2010, he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time and in 2011, Nicks was selected a second time, as the member of a line that blocked for an offense that set the NFL record for total net yardage. The Saints line was also awarded the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award again. Nicks was also selected to the club’s All-50th team in 2016.

Full Article -- NewOrleansSaints.com
Notebook: Saints to start voluntary organized team activities Tuesday Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-22-2017 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 05-22-2017 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 ½ 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
Original Stories
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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