Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints signed Auburn OT Avery Young.

Young (6'5/328) made 36 starts on Auburn's offensive line, mostly playing right tackle but also seeing action at both guard spots. He was a third-team All-SEC pick as a senior. Young turned in sluggish pre-draft workouts, managing a 5.39 forty, 25-inch vertical, and slow agility scores. Adequate-not-special as both a run and pass blocker in college, Young's skill set would fit best inside at guard. He could prove useful as a multi-position swing reserve.
Apr 30 - 8:59 PM

Saints sign Western Kentucky WR Jared Dangerfield.

Dangerfield (6'2/214) spent two seasons with the Hilltoppers after transferring from community college, parlaying 151 receptions into 1,669 yards (11.1 YPR) and 19 TDs. Dangerfield's Pro Day numbers weren't made available to the media, but he's known as a sub-par athlete with concerns regarding his separation skills and ability to win versus man coverage. Lacking NFL-level movement skills, Dangerfield is a pretty extreme long shot.
Apr 30 - 8:40 PM

Saints signed Ball State WR Jordan Williams.

Williams (6'3/227) was a second-team All-MAC pick as both a junior and senior, concluding his Ball State career with a 200-2,723-24 (13.6 YPR) receiving line. He tested poorly at the Cardinals' Pro Day, managing a 4.64 forty, 33 1/2-inch vertical, and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Although Williams offers NFL size and solid college production, he likely lacks the athleticism to win outside in the pros. Williams' best chance at a big-league career might be to try his hand as a "big slot" receiver.
Apr 30 - 8:09 PM

Saints signed Michigan State C Jack Allen.

Allen was one of the draft's most surprising free agents. Allen (6'1/294) was a 2015 first-team All American, finishing his Michigan State career with 47 starts — 42 at center and five at left guard. Likened to longtime Bears C Olin Kreutz by O-Line guru Lance Zierlein, Allen overcomes size and athletic deficiencies with big hands (10 1/8"), an ability to anchor and sometimes even overpower bigger nose tackles and a tenacious playing demeanor. Rotoworld college prospects guru Josh Norris rated Allen as a top-50 player in this year's class.
Apr 30 - 8:00 PM

Saints signed Alabama LB Dillon Lee.

Lee (6'4/240) was a reserve linebacker and special teamer for the Crimson Tide, managing 68 career tackles on defense and three interceptions. He generated some buzz at Alabama's Pro Day with solid forty times (4.77, 4.83) and excellent agility scores. Although Lee's college resume is unimpressive, he offers core special teams value and could carve out a career as a No. 4 or 5 linebacker.
Apr 30 - 7:31 PM

Saints signed Boise State C Marcus Henry.

Henry (6'3/300) made 39 starts for the Broncos, earning first-team All-WAC honors as both a junior and senior. With short arms (32") and small hands (8 7/8"), Henry is a center-only prospect, albeit a decent one with adequate athleticism and a competitive, gritty playing demeanor. Snubbed for a Combine invite and a career overachiever, Henry has a chance to overcome his physical limitations on sheer will.
Apr 30 - 7:19 PM

Saints signed North Carolina OG Landon Turner

Turner (6'4/330) made 42 starts for the Tar Heels, earning first-team All-America as a senior after a dominant run-blocking season in the ACC. A thickly-built road grader, Turner has short arms (32 7/8") but huge hands (10 3/8") and a mauler's mentality. He has bust potential due to plodding athleticism, running 5.58 with a pathetic 7-foot-4 broad jump in Indy. An old-school, straight-line power blocker, Turner will have a chance to become an NFL starter only if utilized correctly.
Apr 30 - 7:18 PM

Saints selected Cal RB Daniel Lasco with the No. 237 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Lasco (6'0/209) rebounded from an injury-plagued, underachieving college career to shred the Combine, setting a record for longest broad jump (11'3") by a running back, running 4.46, and finishing as a 92nd-percentile SPARQ athlete. Lasco rushed for 1,872 yards and 18 TDs on 348 college carries (5.38 YPC) and caught 48 passes. A favorite of the metrics crowd, Lasco has obvious NFL-caliber athleticism, but didn't run confidently or aggressively between the tackles at Cal and was wholly ineffective due to a hip injury in 2015. Lasco's athleticism keeps him on the map as a lottery ticket with explosive ability, some of it unlocked.
Apr 30 - 6:06 PM

Saints traded up with the Redskins to select Manitoba DE David Onyemata with the No. 120 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Onyemata (6'3/300) went to college in Winnipeg after immigrating from Nigeria, earning the 2015 J.P. Metras Trophy as Canadian football's top down lineman. He finished his college career with eight sacks, including five as a senior. A raw prospect with all kinds of untapped potential, Onyemata flashed his upside with a dominant East-West Shrine week, showing explosive movement and heavy-handed power. It'll take a year or two, but Onyemata may have a future in the league as a penetrating, up-field three technique.
Apr 30 - 1:20 PM

Saints traded up with the Patriots to select Ohio State S Vonn Bell with the No. 61 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Saints traded in front of division rival Carolina to select Bell, a position of need for the Panthers. They sent picks No. 78 (3rd) and No. 112 (4th) to the Patriots for the pick. Bell (5'11/199) was a 28-game starter in the Buckeyes' secondary, logging nine career INTs and two forced fumbles, and earning first-team All-American accolades in 2015. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has praised Bell's "range and ball skills." Bell's shortcomings are his size and run defense; he's at his best roaming deep and covering inside receivers one on one. Bell is also an ordinary athlete with 4.51 speed and a 30 1/2-inch vertical, limitations that dampen his long-term ceiling.
Apr 29 - 9:28 PM

Saints selected Ohio State WR Michael Thomas with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Thomas (6'3/212) made 27 starts for the Buckeyes, parlaying 113 career catches into 1,602 yards (14.2 YPR) and 18 touchdowns. Thomas has the best hands in the draft, dropping just 5-of-157 targets over the last two seasons. His Combine was mediocre for such a highly-touted prospect, running 4.57 with a 35-inch vertical. Dangerous after the catch with an explosive second gear on tape, Thomas has drawn Michael Crabtree comparisons as an efficient playmaker with elite ball skills. In New Orleans, Thomas will compete for targets with Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman behind Brandin Cooks and Coby Fleener. Although his role is to-be-determined, landing with Drew Brees is a good look for Thomas' fantasy value.
Apr 29 - 8:25 PM

Saints selected Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

The Saints had to find pass-rush help in the draft, and they landed perhaps the best interior disruptor available. Rankins (6'1/299) made 29 starts in four seasons at Louisville, compiling 31.5 career tackles for loss and 18 sacks. He turned in a strong Combine workout, running 5.03 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 28 bench-press reps. An explosive gap shooter with power and a strong base for run defense, Rankins is a complete defensive tackle despite a shortage of height and body mass. Compared to Kawann Short by Rotoworld's Josh Norris, Rankins should make an immediate impact, either at one or three technique.
Apr 28 - 9:37 PM

Drew Brees said there were "discussions" about his contract when the Saints were pursuing Josh Norman last week.

Those "discussions" were undoubtedly about lowering Brees' massive $30 million cap number. Norman seemed dead set on going to Washington, so we're not sure it would have made a difference. It's clear both Brees and the Saints are interested in adding years onto his deal, not only to keep Brees under control longer but to give New Orleans some salary cap flexibility.
Apr 27 - 5:07 PM

Contract-year QB Drew Brees remains "very confident" an extension will happen this offseason.

"I’m very confident that it will," Brees said. "I’ve got one year left, so it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t and we play through the year. I’d rather not do that." Brees' $30 million cap number remains an astronomical sum and probably held the Saints back from being able to lure CB Josh Norman before he ultimately chose the Redskins. Brees is the face of the franchise and likely has been personally involved in contract discussions, so he certainly knows more than has been made public. A two- or three-year extension makes too much sense.
Apr 26 - 9:04 PM

ESPN's Mike Triplett reports the Saints did not discuss trading for the No. 1 overall pick.

This refutes a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who said the Saints were interested in trading up to acquire a quarterback. Triplett denies the Saints were ever involved in trade talks for No. 1, but he does agree the Saints are interested in adding a quarterback, perhaps in the middle rounds. Entering the final year of his deal, Drew Brees said extension talks were "ongoing" on Tuesday. He turned 37 in January.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 12:31 PM


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