By John Sigler | Saints Wire
Everyone meets with everyone in the months leading up the NFL Draft, and 2020 should be no different. Whether contact is made before or after practice at all-star games like the Shrine Bowl or Senior Bowl, in brisk interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine, after-hours following pro day workouts, or on private facilities visits, the New Orleans Saints and every other team will have opportunities to meet with every draft prospect on their big board.
So we shouldn’t look too deeply into individual meetings. All of that said, it’s fun to track these things and speculate about the future. Per a report from The Draft Network, the Saints were noticed meeting with four different draft prospects at last week’s Shrine Bowl practices. Here’s a quick summary on each of them:
RB Rico Dowdle, South Carolina
Other meetings: Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins
Weighing in at 5-foot-11 and 214 pounds, Dowdle is a perfect fit for what the Saints like from a height/weight profile. He logged 428 rushing attempts for 2,167 yards on the ground in four years with the Gamecocks (averaging 5.1 yards per carry), scoring 16 touchdown runs along the way. He also caught 62 passes in his collegiate career to gain 483 yards through the air (7.8 yards per reception), scoring three touchdowns in his first three years. He played 39 games for South Carolina, averaging 11.1 carries and 1.6 receptions per game.
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