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Jalen McCleskey hopes tutorials lead to roster spot with New Orleans Saints

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By John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

"Just how to practice, even more," McCleskey said. "Watching guys like Julio and Calvin Ridley, just watching them go hard every route, no matter if it was the first day where we were just doing routes on air, weren't even in pads. They ran every route full speed. And just learning the little stuff, in the game and how to run the routes, different ways to beat different techniques.

"Julio did a great job of coaching guys, he really helped out a lot. He was always the first one to come help you out if you needed it. So, just listening to guys like that."

McCleskey soon will learn how much the lessons will pay off while attempting to make an impact with his favorite team. The New Orleans native, who was raised in Madisonville, played at Oklahoma State and Tulane from 2015-19. In four seasons at Oklahoma State, he caught 167 passes for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns and as a graduate transfer at Tulane, he caught 37 passes for 581 yards and four scores.

The contract offer from the Saints followed McCleskey's pro day with Tulane this year, a showcase he was unable to participate in last year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

"(Tulane) Coach (Willie) Fritz allowed the guys last year who were supposed to have their pro day, because ours got cancelled for Tulane, he allowed us to come back and do pro day this year," McCleskey said. "I went in there and at the end of the day, the Steelers and the Colts were the only two scouts that kind of talked to me at pro day.

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New Orleans Saints: 2021 unit grades show clear defensive interior need

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By Matthew Beighle | Whodatdish

Coming into the 2021 offseason, it was obvious that the New Orleans Saints were going to have to make franchise-rocking moves. Thankfully, they were able to keep most of their high-impact players.

Michael Thomas, Ryan Ramczyk, Alvin Kamara, Demario Davis, Cam Jordan and many others will be back in the black and gold next season. Hopefully, that is enough to crown them NFC South champions once again.
The New Orleans Saints lost two key interior defensive lineman this offseason, and it shows in their unit-specific grades.

With the NFL draft coming up, it’s clear that the Saints do have multiple big-time needs. Two clear ones were caused by the releasing of Emmanuel Sanders and Janoris Jenkins, the team’s No. 2 wide receiver and cornerback. ...

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WATCH: Jameis Winston on his motivation to bounce back in 2021

  • News source: John Sigler
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Jameis Winston is attacking the offseason with quite a chip on his shoulder. Logan B. Robinson of Noles Gameday shared a video of Winston speaking to attendees at his college teammate Kenny Shaw’s football camp in Orlando, Fla., in which the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback spoke about how motivated he is to prove his doubters wrong after the Buccaneers jettisoned their former first overall draft pick, sending him to the Saints.

“I went from being the number one pick to everybody laughing at me,” Winston said to the campers huddled around him. “But guess what? I’m about that business...
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10 numbers for Saints fans to know before the draft

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The 2021 NFL Draft is almost upon us. The New Orleans Saints select 28th overall in the 1st round. They traded away their 3rd round pick in last year’s move for Zack Baun. Saints fans are ready to see how the team will improve, and know that Mickey Loomis and Company are not shy about being aggressive. In fact, the last time the Saints traded down was in 2007, when they moved down just 8 spots in a deal with the Detroit Lions. After that trade down almost 14 years ago, the Saints have traded up a whopping 17 times since.

There are a lot of numbers to keep in mind during this year’s draft...
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Offense or Defense, what should the Saints do in the 1st round?

  • News source: Bpavek
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The 2021 NFL Draft is the start of the post-Drew Brees era for the New Orleans Saints, and that elevates the importance of this draft to a degree. However, it’s not as if the Saints are taking an eraser to the whole roster and starting over from scratch. This is mostly the same team that won the division last year and was a certain tight end completely soiling his britches away from playing in the NFC championship game. The Saints have talent all across the roster, but they also have holes that desperately need filling.

A first round pick is the best asset a team has to bring a talent(s)...
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Saints draft profiles: LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa

  • News source: Maddy Hudak
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While the New Orleans Saints don’t often deviate from their draft approach in targeting the best prospects available, the team needs to address top roster needs in the 2021 NFL draft. With eight picks at their disposal, the positions of cornerback and linebacker should take priority with their first-round selection.

This series has focused on top prospects at cornerback, but there are playmakers at linebacker New Orleans could target at No. 28 overall. One prospect in particular, who had one of his first substantive virtual interviews with the Saints, stands out: Tulsa’s Zaven Collins...
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Reviewing 2012 Saints draft picks and grades

  • News source: John Sigler
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Our countdown to the 2021 NFL draft continues, this time recapping the Saints’ 2012 draft haul. Hamstrung by their 2011 draft-day trade for Mark Ingram and the “Bountygate” penalties Roger Goodell brought down on New Orleans, there wasn’t much to write home about — but the Saints still gave it their best effort despite the circumstances.
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Saints 2021 Draft Prospects: Jabril Cox

  • News source: Bob Rose
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The New Orleans Saints have selected 90 players in the NFL draft since Sean Payton took over as head coach in 2006. Only three of those players played their college football in the state of Louisiana. Defensive lineman Al Woods (4th round, 2010) and offensive lineman Will Clapp (7th round, 2018) were drafted from LSU. Louisiana Tech RB Boston Scott was also added with a 6th round choice in 2018.

The New Orleans Saints also need a linebacker. They’ve drafted 12 linebackers since Payton's arrival, five of those within the first three rounds. Only often injured Alex Anzalone made any lasting...
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Kevin James to star in ‘Home Team’ as Sean Payton

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In the midst of everything going on in the world of the Who Dat Nation, this past week we were hit with yet another bombshell that I’m almost certain we didn’t see coming. Kevin James, worldwide comedian and well known actor, was announced to be playing our very own Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Comical as that is, and I mean that without any sarcasm, I don’t know if Kevin James was the best fit for a portrayal of Payton.

Let’s just be honest, there are a thousand other actors out there who would fit the role of Sean Payton better. James & Payton have a few notable...
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Saints 2021 Draft Prospects: Jabril Cox

  • News source: Bob Rose
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The New Orleans Saints have selected 90 players in the NFL draft since Sean Payton took over as head coach in 2006. Only three of those players played their college football in the state of Louisiana. Defensive lineman Al Woods (4th round, 2010) and offensive lineman Will Clapp (7th round, 2018) were drafted from LSU. Louisiana Tech RB Boston Scott was also added with a 6th round choice in 2018.

The New Orleans Saints also need a linebacker. They’ve drafted 12 linebackers since Payton's arrival, five of those within the first three rounds. Only often injured Alex Anzalone made any lasting...
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NFL Draft: Saints Biggest Positional Need

  • News source: John Hendrix
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What is the most important position the Saints need to address in the upcoming NFL Draft? That is the question many are asking themselves when assessing New Orleans and their future outlook for the new season. A lot of valid thoughts are floating out there, and one can only imagine what the team walks away with by the conclusion of next weekend.

The draft is only part of the equation, as there are undrafted free agents to pursue in addition to an ongoing free agency. The Saints News Krewe got together once again to weigh in with their thoughts on the most important positional needs for...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 20: Carl Granderson gives back to his hometown

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Officially licensed face coverings are now available, with a new, more protective design.

Jalen McCleskey speaks with the media after signing with the New Orleans Saints.

Former Saints guard Carl Nicks ranks as the best Saints fifth round draft pick, beating out others, including Thomas Morstead.

USA Today’s Nate Davis ranks the Saints’ uniforms as the fourth best in the league.

Drew Brees’s Brees Foundation partners with others to provide access to sports for children in New Orleans.

Carl Granderson hosted a free football clinic for kids in South Sacramento.

An analysis of Malcolm...
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Walker: Carl Nicks, Thomas Morstead top list of Saints' best fifth round draft picks

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Editor's note: This is the third in a seven-part series on the New Orleans Saints draft picks through the years. We'll rank the top draft picks by round. Today, we will list the Saints' top picks from the fifth round. The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 29 through May 1. The Saints don't have a fifth round pick this year.

Carl Nicks only played four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

But man did he make the most of them, which is why he's at the top of the list of players the Saints have selected in the fifth round over the years.

The offensive lineman selected by the Saints in 2008...
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Kentucky LB Jamin Davis is an NFL draft fast riser. Could he be on the Saints radar?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The NFL draft usually features a fast riser or two every year, prospects whose name begins to creep up into the first round in mock drafts as the calendar flips from March to April, and this year Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis is one of those guys.

Davis was a relative unknown before the start of the 2020 college football season, a former three-star recruit who had just one college start under his belt. Then he exploded with a huge redshirt junior season, and followed that up with an even more impressive pro day.

So now this player who at this time last season had 42 career college...
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Saints Mock Draft: 2 Trades to Draft 4 SEC Playmakers

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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The New Orleans mock draft has the Saints making make two trades with AFC teams to get four playmakers out of the SEC.


The draft requirements of the New Orleans Saints are many. The prime spots are at the top of the draft board to yield the immediate impact talent to fit the Saints' style. Players must display versatility, intelligence, and grit.

I used PFF's simulator for this latest mock to see if the Saints could take advantage of multiple trades and collect draft capital to land solid players with excellent potential.

New Orleans Makes 2 Trades


New Orleans receives Miami's...
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Which franchises would be in an eight-team NFL Super League?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The talk of a Super League of soccer teams provided the impetus for Monday’s PFT Live draft: Which NFL teams would receive charter membership in an eight-team Super League?

We’ve given the Chiefs and the Buccaneers charter membership, given the current state of both teams. Simms and I picked the next six.

It wasn’t easy. Some quality franchises were omitted. Some of you may disagree with those omissions.

Chime in below with where we got it right and where we got it wrong. And even though an NFL Super League won’t happen, there’s one specific way that an NFL Super League could happen...
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