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Tulsa's Zaven Collins, a potential Saints draft target, checks a lot of boxes

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By Luke Johnson | The Advocate / Picayune

The New Orleans Saints made sure to get eyes on one of the 2021 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects at his pro day.

In fact, all 32 NFL teams made their way out to see Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins run, jump and measure in at his pro day earlier this month. And the big playmaker didn’t disappoint.

Saints college scouting director Jeff Ireland was there in person (and photographed multiple times chatting with Collins), as was Saints linebackers coach Michael Hodges.

New Orleans has a bit of a soft spot on its roster at linebacker after releasing Kwon Alexander and letting Alex Anzalone walk in free agency. Could Collins be the guy to bolster that area? If he is, the Saints would likely have to use a first-rounder on a linebacker for the first time since taking Stephone Anthony 31st overall in 2015.

Get to know the Tulsa prospect here.

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Saints 2021 Draft Prospects: Hunter Long

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New Orleans spent a Day 2 draft choice on promising TE Adam Trautman in 2020. Will they look to double up on the position in the 2021 draft? New Orleans spent a Day 2 draft choice on promising TE Adam Trautman in 2020. Will they look to double up on the position in the 2021 draft?

By Bob Rose | SI

New Orleans Saints tight end Adam Trautman was selected in the 3rd round in the 2020 draft with the 105th overall pick out of Dayton. The team traded all four of its Day 3 picks to Minnesota to move back into the 3rd round to grab him. New Orleans made that deal with the expectation that Trautman would take over the starting job in 2021.

Trautman caught 16 of 19 targets for 175 yards and a touchdown in his rookie year. He also impressed coaches with his blocking, earning him more playing time over the course of the season. While Trautman looks to be the starting tight end to open the season, the Saints have little depth behind him.

New Orleans moved on from disappointing veteran TE Jared Cook and released the reliable Josh Hill this offseason. They added veteran TE Nick Vannett in free agency, but he offers little downfield threat as a receiver.

For the first time since 2005, Drew Brees will not be the New Orleans quarterback to start a season. The Saints could use the draft to give new starter Jameis Winston extra weapons. While they may bring in another wideout, they could also use a mid-round pick on another tight end to complement Trautman.

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New Orleans Saints 7-Round Mock Draft (NFL Draft Bible)

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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NFL Draft Bible's Jack Despeaux shares his seven-round mock draft of the New Orleans Saints in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Here is the re-print of Jack Despeaux's Saints Mock Draft:

General managers should study the New Orleans Saints to see how they managed to get under the salary cap while keeping their most talented players on the roster. That is, of course, their most talented players on the roster except for newly retired quarterback Drew Brees.

The Saints need a quarterback again: Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston aren’t the long-term answer.

With eight picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, the...
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Malcolm Jenkins speaks about the “journey” of learning how to save and grow NFL money

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Plenty of players who make plenty of money in the NFL don’t spend it. They invest it. But that too can end up in the money decreasing in value if not disappearing.

“You hear invest, invest, invest, but you really don’t know what that means,” Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins recently told CNBC.

He said he made poor investments early in his career, and that but for his longevity he may not have recovered from the moves he made.

“The harsh reality I had is that I would be broke probably in five or 10 years,” Jenkins said as to the conclusion he drew near the end of his rookie contract. “So...
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Jameis Winston Bonding with Saints 2nd-Year Offensive Players - Jones, Trautman, and Johnson

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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Saints quarterback Jameis Winston had a workout with his second-year offensive players - running back Tony Jones, Jr., tight end Adam Trautman, and wide receiver Juwan Johnson. The session with Trautman and Johnson was in San Diego.

I wonder who lives in San Diego during the offseason and could be enjoying retirement?

On the SuperNolaTV website, running back Tony Jones, Jr. had a workout with Jameis earlier in the offseason.

Winston will be competing for the New Orleans starting quarterback position against Taysom Hill during training camp. Since Drew Brees' retirement, odd makers favor...
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Watch: Thomas Morstead Booms a Punt, posts "I'm Back!"

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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Free agent and former New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead has two videos showing that he still has power in his legs after playing through injury in 2020.

Morstead was at one of Kohl's professional kicking camps. Kohl's was created to help high school athletes to showcase their kicking, punting, and long snapping talents to college programs.

Thomas wrote on his Instagram account, "I'm back!" Last season was the most difficult of my professional career. Getting hurt before the season really set me back. I've been working my arse off to get back to the form that I expect of myself...
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Bills hosting Saints free agent target CB T.J. Carrie

  • News source: John Sigler
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Well there’s some movement. The Saints hosted Colts free agent cornerback T.J. Carrie on a visit at their facility in late March, but he left town without signing a contract. And now ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Carrie is meeting with the Bills, who happen to be scheduled for a game against the Saints in New Orleans this season.

Carrie is a 107-game veteran with experience starting out on the boundary and playing a prominent role on special teams, making him an appealing, budget-friendly replacement for Janoris Jenkins and Justin Hardee Sr. But maybe the contract he’s seeking wasn’t...
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Saints improve but neglect their top need in Mel Kiper's two-round mock draft

  • News source: John Sigler
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The 2021 NFL draft is just two weeks away, so ESPN’s Mel Kiper released an updated two-round mock draft to share his latest guess at how the opening picks might shake out. And while the Saints get better on each side of the ball, this projection has them exiting the first two rounds without addressing their most important need: cornerback.

Instead, Kiper has the Saints spending their first pick at No. 28 overall on Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins. Here’s what he wrote of the match:

Collins could slot into the Saints starting defense next to Demario Davis right away, injecting a...
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LSU linebacker prospect Jabril Cox says he's had multiple meetings with the Saints

  • News source: John Sigler
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The Saints defense has taken some hits this offseason, especially in the middle of the linebacker corps. Alex Anzalone left town for a free agent deal with the Detroit Lions; his replacement, midseason trade pickup Kwon Alexander, was released amid salary cap cuts and continues to recover from Achilles surgery. Craig Robertson, their most-experienced backup and special teams captain, remains unsigned after his contract expired.

So it makes sense for New Orleans to scout their options at linebacker in this year’s NFL draft. One popular pick has been Tulsa product Zaven Collins, who was...
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11 Saints players who could switch to their college jersey numbers in 2021

  • News source: John Sigler
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NFL ownership is currently mulling rules change proposals, having convened for a hearing on April 14 before meeting again on April 21 to cast their votes. One significant move comes on suggestion from the Chiefs, who proposed a rule to loosen the restrictions on jersey numbers. With rosters expanding and more numbers being retired across the NFL, it makes sense to make more positions eligible for underused designations. Per NBC Sports’ Peter King, the proposed uniform numbers qualifiers would be:

That would include some dramatic changes across the league; all of the pass catchers and...
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Updated Saints 2021 NFL draft picks with trade value chart

  • News source: John Sigler
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We should anticipate some movement from the Saints in the 2021 NFL draft. Sean Payton was hired as the team’s head coach back in 2006, and he’s used his position at the top of the war room to coordinate trades up the board in every draft he’s conducted since 2007 (though the team didn’t make any moves when he was suspended for 2012).

In 2020, the Saints made trades to acquire three of the four players they picked: linebacker Zack Baun, tight end Adam Trautman, and quarterback Tommy Stevens. The year before, trades in the 2019 draft brought them safeties C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Saquan...
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Saints agree to terms with former Tulane WR Jalen McCleskey

  • News source: John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints added a new face to their roster on Thursday: wide receiver Jalen McCleskey, as announced by his representatives at National Sports Agency. The terms of McCleskey’s agreement with New Orleans were not immediately available.

McCleskey’s arrival follows a workout at Tulane’s recent NFL pro day, which was hosted at the Saints’ facility; the COVID-19 pandemic cut the 2020 pro day circuit short, so this was an opportunity for him to show scouts and coaches what he can do. He wasn’t picked during the last NFL draft, though he did join the Falcons for training camp.

He...
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LISTEN: Marques Colston vs. Julian Edelman, Sean Payton vs. Kevin James

  • News source: John Sigler
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Episode 28 of the Saints Wire Podcast is live, hosted weekly by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanOLearySMG) with Saints Wire managing editor John Sigler (@john_siglerr). You can subscribe for new episodes on Apple Podcasts or your podcast app of choice, and catch up on past episodes in the playlist embedded below.

We’ve got plenty to talk about this week, between the annoying Hall of Fame candidacy of Julian Edelman (ahead of Marques Colston, to hear Patriots fans tell it) and the bizarre casting of Kevin James as Sean Payton in an upcoming Netflix feature. Oh, and the 2021 NFL draft is just ahead of...
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How does Marquez Callaway's rookie year compare to his predecessors?

  • News source: John Sigler
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Ask a group of Saints fans which player they’re most excited to see in 2021 and you’ll hear a lot about Marquez Callaway. Last year’s undrafted find out of Tennessee made an early impression for his aggressive return skills on special teams, but he also seemed to catch everything that was thrown his way while fighting hard for yards after the catch. It’s not hard to see why the Who Dat Nation is hyping him up as a breakout candidate.

But some of the talk around Callaway has been kind of wild. “He’ll be No. 2 on the depth chart by the end of the year,” some comments read. “Man, 600 or 700...
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WATCH: Jameis Winston training with Adam Trautman, Juwan Johnson

  • News source: John Sigler
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Props to Jameis Winston for embracing the grind. He’s putting in the work to earn the Saints’ starting quarterback job by meeting up with a couple of teammates for a workout in San Diego; his longtime photographer shared video of their throwing session at a neighborhood park, with Winston tossing darts to second-year pros Adam Trautman and Juwan Johnson.

Trautman’s presence is notable because he’s currently on top of their tight ends depth chart. And barring a bold move, Trautman should stay there — his competition on the roster includes free agent pickup Nick Vannett and two practice...
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