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Saints 2019 draft class likely to be judged by Erik McCoy’s career

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

It’s not necessarily fair to judge an entire draft class on one player.

Yet knowing how infrequently late-round picks pan out, that’s the logical conclusion after the New Orleans Saints’ drafts the past two years.

In 2018, the Saints took Marcus Davenport in the first round. He was considered the second-best defensive end in the class, behind Bradley Chubb, and the Saints traded a future first-round pick to move up and take him.

In 2019, the Saints took Erik McCoy in the second round. He was considered the second-best center in the class, behind Garrett Bradbury, and the Saints traded a future second-round pick to move up and take him. ...

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Grading the New Orleans Saints' 2019 draft

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Roger Steinman, Associated Press

By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Round 2 (No. 48 overall): Center Erik McCoy

I am already on record about loving this pick. It’s not the sexiest selection, but like the selection of Ryan Ramczyk in 2017, it will look positively beautiful when we review this draft years from now. The move to acquire him was costly. Second-round picks are usually quality selections, and the Saints dealt one to Miami to move up to select McCoy. But if things go as planned for the Saints this season, the selection will be a low second-rounder next year, and it McCoy develop into a multi-year starter, as most expect, then the price tag will be justified. Most scouts and analysts graded McCoy as a high second-round talent. He has all of the traits the Saints look for in their linemen: versatility, intelligence, toughness and production. He will compete immediately for a starting spot at center but has also played guard in his career and can easily slide to the position if needed. He should be an interior anchor for years to come.

Grade: A ...

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Why is a New Orleans NFL Draft likely impossible? 'We just can't fit it,' and here's why

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate


The city of Nashville shattered the record for attendance during the three days of the NFL draft Thursday through Saturday.

According to the NFL, more than 600,000 people flooded the streets of Nashville for the three days of the draft.

Will New Orleans ever get a chance to eclipse that record with football fans showing up to Champions' Square or Bourbon Street in droves as the Big Easy hosts the NFL Draft?

Probably not. ...

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Without Saints 1st rounder, New Orleans still No. 2 rated TV market for NFL draft

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Advocate Staff Report

Any New Orleans NFL boycott efforts have clearly ended.

Despite the Saints' not having a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft and making just five selections total, the New Orleans market was rated the second highest for the three-day broadcast period.

New Orleans drew an 8.3 television rating, only second to host city Nashville at 10.6, according to data released by the NFL Monday morning.

The next highest metered markets were Richmond, Virginia at 7.7, Cleveland at 6.9 and Columbus, Ohio at 6.9. Kansas City, Buffalo, Birmingham, Dayton and Milwaukee rounded out the top 10. ...

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Mike Detillier: Saints working to get better in the offseason

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

“I want my team back next season.”

I have heard that comment numerous times this offseason from New Orleans Saints fans, but in reality there is no same team that returns for another season for any organization.

In the commuter world of the NFL you are getting better or getting worse.

There is no staying the same.

This offseason the Saints added tight end Jared Cook, running back Latavius Murray, offensive center/guard Nick Easton, defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, defensive end/tackle Mario Edwards Jr. and cornerback/return specialist Marcus Sherels.

Over the past few days the Saints have also added to the football cart via the draft and done very well.

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Rocky Mountain College's Troy Bacon invited to New Orleans Saints rookie minicamp

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JOHN LETASKY | 406mtsports.com

BILLINGS — On Sunday morning, Troy Bacon got the wake-up call plenty of football players dream of.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Bacon's agent phoned with the good news that he was invited to an NFL rookie minicamp by the New Orleans Saints.

"I woke up this morning with my agent calling me with the good news," Bacon, a two-year starter at center for Rocky Mountain College, told 406mtsports.com. "It's a good way to start your Sunday for sure."

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Erik McCoy credits film study, practice for on-field success

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints made Texas A&M center Erik McCoy one of the highest-picked centers in the 2019 NFL Draft when they traded up to select him. While McCoy has plenty of physical gifts — he timed the best 40-yard dash at this year’s combine at his position (4.89 seconds) at 6-foot-4, 303 pounds — he would sooner point to the work he’s put in studying game film and rehearsing his techniques as the source of his success.

“Knowing what the defensive linemen have to do on every single play and how you can counter that and really beat them is important,” McCoy explained in a pre-draft interview with Pro Football Focus. “(Film) plays a huge factor in preparation, especially for the center position just because there’s a large mental aspect of it. You have to know what the defense wants to do before the play … And you’ve got to be able to tip it off and help your offensive line.”

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Saints may have found a gem with Longhorns WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints signed former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to a rookie free agent contract after he wasn’t selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. This could turn into a big opportunity for both parties.

Humphrey was the centerpiece of the Longhorns offense in 2018, racking up 86 receptions for 1,176 yards and nine touchdown catches. He also logged a handful of rushing attempts, finding the endzone with one of them. Per the Pro Football Focus draft guide, 427 of his 469 routes began in the slot, and he led the Big 12 conference in missed tackles forced after the catch (22). Combine that with his high success rate on contested catches and you have a big target who can not only outbox defenders, but shake them to run wild into the open field.

But Humphrey didn’t perform well in the pre-draft Olympics, testing himself athletically and going through the motions for NFL teams. He timed the 40-yard dash with a laser-timed best of 4.75 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine; Humphrey chalked it up to poor preparation, and performed much better at the Longhorns’ pro day. His hand-timed numbers there ranged from 4.55 seconds to 4.61, a huge improvement. Still, the poor results the first time must have stuck with NFL talent scouts...

See full list of New Orleans Saints' undrafted free agent signings after 2019 NFL Draft

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Keith Kirkwood (18) catchers a touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Josh Hawkins (48) during the first half of a NFL divisional round game on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
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The NFL draft ended on Saturday, but the New Orleans Saints were far from making moves involving the 2019 rookie class.

The Saints signed a total of 13 players as undrafted free agents in the hours after the draft finished. You can see a list of players signed below.

Three undrafted free agents from last year are on the Saints roster, including receiver Keith Kirkwood, defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth and quarterback J.T. Barrett. In all, the Saints have 11 undrafted players on the roster. ...

List will be updated as more names are confirmed.

Kenny Bigelow, DT, West Virginia
Carl Granderson, DE, Wyoming ($15k signing bonus, $70K base salary guaranteed, per source)
Ethan Greenidge, OT, Villanova
Chase Hansen, LB, Utah
Deonte Harris, Assumption, WR
Darnell Holland, RB, Kennesaw State ...

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2019 NFL Draft: See grades for all New Orleans Saints picks from national writers, experts

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By Staff | The Advocate

The New Orleans Saints had a successful weekend in Nashville, Tennessee for the 2019 NFL Draft, according to national football writers and experts.

Though the Saints only took five players away from the field of 254, all five picks were highly rated by the national media -- usually falling in the A-B grade range.

You can check out the grades for each Saints pick in the gallery below. More assessments will be added as they are posted.

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Saints land three players among top 70 on their draft board

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints began the 2019 NFL Draft with just one pick in the first 167 selections, but they ended the process with three players they ranked in the top 70, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.

There are a few reasons the Saints managed to make such a haul. First, they had a small draft board with less than 150 players, so there were surely other players they took off the board that other teams coveted.

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NFL Draft 2019: Kennesaw State's Darnell Holland highlights small-school sleepers you should know

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by Ryan Wilson | CBS Sports

The first round of the draft will garner the most attention this week -- what was once a lazy weekend affair is now a primetime spectacle -- but successful NFL teams separate themselves on Day 3. It's in these late rounds that good scouting departments add quality roster depth, find special teams contributors and unearth those diamonds in the rough.

Grady Jarrett, Stefon Diggs, and Tyreek Hill were all late-round gems in recent drafts and last season, an undrafted Phillip Lindsay parlayed a 1,000-yard rookie season into a Pro Bowl appearance. Kennesaw State running back Darnell Holland hopes to be the next off-the-radar prospect to be an NFL difference-maker.

Last season Holland had 80 carries for 949 yards (that's a whopping 11.9 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. He added nine receptions for 182 yards (20.2 YPC) and two more scores. He's not a...

Saints undrafted free agent tracker: Instant analysis on each signing

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints exited the 2019 NFL Draft to find themselves in an unusual position: counting each of their draft picks, they will have just 66 players under contract. So while they will need to sign a large number of undrafted rookies to meet the 90-man summer roster maximum, they will probably struggle to recruit top options because they have so few spots available on the projected opening-day roster.

We’ll track every signing here and include a brief bit of instant analysis for each one. The list will update chronologically with the newest reports at the top.

Saints select Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack, Idaho Kaden Elliss in seventh round

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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The New Orleans Saints selected Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack in the seventh round on Saturday.

They selected Idaho outside linebacker Kaden Elliss with their second pick in the round 13 spots later.

Mack caught 36 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns as a senior for the Fighting Irish.

"Just to be a part of this organization, I'm at a loss for words right now," said Mack, who watched the draft in his hometown of Las Vegas.

Mack is the second tight end the Saints have picked up since the season ended. They signed Pro Bowl tight end Jared Cook from the Oakland Raiders in free agency in hopes of replacing Ben Watson, who retired. ...

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Saints select Alizé Mack with the 231st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

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NewOrleansSaints.com

With the 231st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Saints selected tight end Alizé Mack from Notre Dame.

From NFL.com, Mack came to the Irish with great expectations after starring at Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman, which had won six straight state high school titles as well as the mythical national championship in one of the seasons he was there. He started five games as a true freshman at Notre Dame, catching 13 passes for 190 yards (14.6 average) in 13 games played. Mack was academically ineligible in 2016 and did not play. He practiced with the team that fall, and then worked through the summer to become eligible in 2017. He started six games as a junior, grabbing 19 passes for 166 yards (8.7 average) and a touchdown on a team that lacked consistency in the passing game. Mack started 12 games in 2018 for the College Football Playoff participants, receiving 36 passes for 360 yards (10.0 per) and three scores. ...

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