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8/10 @Browns 7:00
TBD @Chargers TBD
8/26 OILERS 7:00
8/31 BALTIMORE 7:00
Regular Season
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Date Opponent Time
9/11 @Vikings 6:10
9/17 PATRIOTS 12:00
9/24 @Panthers 12:00
10/2 @Dolphins 8:30am
-- Bye --
10/15 LIONS 12:00
10/22 @Packers 12:00
10/29 Bears 12:00
11/5 BUCS 3:05
11/12 @Bills 12:00
11/19 REDSKINS 7:25
11/26 @Rams 12:00
12/3 PANTHERS 12:00
12/7 @Falcons 7:25
12/17 JETS 3:05
12/24 FALCONS 12:00
12/31 @Bucs 3:25
Post Season
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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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Quotes from Sean Payton's OTA Media Availability Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 12:55 AM

By NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

OTA#3 Media Availability

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

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

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

By John DeShazier -- NewOrleansSaints.com

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

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

Full Article -- NewOrleansSaints.com
Saints honor Cortez Kennedy with No. 96 helmet decal at OTAs Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 12:26 AM

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints found another way to pay tribute Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy during organized team activities (OTAs).

Kennedy was an informal consultant for the Saints and a close friend of general manager Mickey Loomis, and Kennedy's death hit the Saints hard.

The Saints expressed grief earlier in the week with statements from Loomis and owner Tom Benson, and on Thursday honored Kennedy with a No. 96 -- Kennedy's jersey number as a member of the Seattle Seahawks -- decal on right side of helmets.

"If you did not know better, and you saw him, you might think he worked here," said coach Sean Payton, who had the No. 96 on his visor. "You guys who have been here for a number of years have seen him around a lot. My first time here interviewing with Mickey, we had dinner and Cortez would always make sure that if it was a nice place, he was there to join you."

Full Article -- Picayune
New Orleans Saints: Biggest challenge in NFC South? Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:59 PM

The New Orleans Saints share a division with last two Super Bowl runners-up and a possible contender, but who is their biggest challenge in 2017?

By Rebecca Mills -- Who Dat Dish

The New Orleans Saints might have improved this offseason, but they aren’t the only ones in their division who has. The Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought in some playmakers, while the Atlanta Falcons are still riding off their Super Bowl high. All three are a challenge, but which NFC South team will be the hardest for the Saints to overtake?

First looking at the Panthers, they couldn’t sustain a winning record last season after playing in Super Bowl 50. The team is working to change that now, though, most notably with the drafting of Christian McCaffrey. It’s unclear how good McCaffrey will be, but if he’s even a fraction as good as he was in college, he’ll be a problem for the Saints. With Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram in the backfield, the Panthers will have to be extra cautious too.

Full Article -- Who Dat Dish
Despite incredible rookie year with Saints, Michael Thomas says he has lots of room for improvement Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:38 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Michael Thomas is coming off of one of the NFL's top rookie seasons, the kind of season that would have ended with him walking away with the Rookie of the Year trophy if Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott hadn't been busy resurrecting the Dallas Cowboys.

Thomas makes it sound like it was all luck.

Ask the second-year receiver what he's working on this summer as he prepares to deliver an encore to his smash 2016 performance, and Thomas comes back with a list that's just as long as his list of accomplishments.

"Just finishing my routes, being a technician, being perfect depth, being in the right place at the right time," Thomas said. "Using my eyes better, visualizing the coverage pre-snap better."

Those are the kinds of little details that separate the game's elite receivers.

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints organized team activities Thursday: Adrian Peterson and Hau’oli Kikaha sightings, more Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 01:55 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Notes and observations from the New Orleans Saints' Thursday practice:

Attendance: The following players were either not spotted or did not practice: RB Mark Ingram, DL Nick Fairley, FB John Kuhn, WR Tommylee Lewis, TE Josh Hill and WR Willie Snead. Snead was behind the huddle, in uniform, listening to the play calls. He did not participate. There could be a handful of other players who also did not participate in practice but were present.

Fuller Hype: There’s a summer darling in practices every year. Sometimes those guys blossom and live up the early hype. Sometimes they falter away. Wide receiver Corey Fuller could be someone who fits the bill this year. He had a handful of impressive catches, with one each on starting cornerbacks Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams during a team drill on back-to-back plays. He showed good hands and made an adjustment to come back to the ball on the play against Williams.

Full Article -- Advocate
Nick Fairley, Mark Ingram, Willie Snead among Saints who didn't practice in Thursday's OTA Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 01:47 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Running back Mark Ingram, fullback John Kuhn, wide receiver Willie Snead, center Max Unger, wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, tight end Josh Hill and defensive tackle Nick Fairley did not practice during Thursday's organized team activity, which was open to the media.

Ingram, Snead and Kuhn were present but didn't practice. Fairley wasn't present.*

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints honor Cortez Kennedy by wearing No. 96 on practice field Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 01:34 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The death of Cortez Kennedy, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle from the Seahawks, has hit the New Orleans Saints hard this week.

Kennedy, who was a close friend of general manager Mickey Loomis and a godfather to his children, has been an adviser to the Saints for years and a well-known figure around the team.

New Orleans honored the defensive tackle by wearing decals with the "No. 96" he wore with the Seahawks on their helmets during Thursday's organized team activity, and Sean Payton wrote the number on his visor.

Full Article -- Advocate
Don't tweak the NFL overtime rule, fix it Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-24-2017 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 05-24-2017 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 05-24-2017 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 05-23-2017 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 05-23-2017 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 05-23-2017 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 05-23-2017 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 05-23-2017 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
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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