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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett considers second-year WR Brandon Coleman a player to keep an eye on for 2015.

A 2014 undrafted free agent out of Rutgers, Coleman stands in at a towering 6-foot-6, 225 pounds. He ran a competent 4.56 40-yard dash at last year's Combine, and caught five passes for 50 yards last preseason. With the Saints passing on drafting a receiver, the depth chart is wide open behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 3:02 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes receivers Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman should be "on your radar screen."

Amazingly, the Saints didn't draft a receiver after trading away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, leaving Toon as the de facto No. 3. Jones and Coleman are 2014 undrafted free agents who spent the year on the practice squad before late season cups of coffee. Triplett believes they will be legitimate competitors for New Orleans' Nos. 4 and 5 jobs. Coleman is a mountainous 6-foot-6, while Jones stands in at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. He clocked a 4.53 40 at his Pro Day, and posted a 3/17/1 receiving line last preseason.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 2:50 PM

Saints signed Texas A&M WR Malcome Kennedy.

Kennedy (5'11/207) was a two-year starter for the Aggies, collecting 150 career catches for 1,694 yards (11.3 YPR) and 15 touchdowns. He ran 4.62 at the TAMU Pro Day, managing a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. On the small side and not a particularly explosive athlete, Kennedy's NFL outlook is grim. He also lacks experience on returns.
May 3 - 2:14 PM

Saints signed Indiana DT Bobby Richardson.

Richardson (6'3/283) made 27 starts for the Hoosiers, amassing 22 career tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles, and three blocked kicks. Long armed (34 5/8") and athletic, Richardson ran 5.16 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical in Indianapolis. Undersized for both 3-4 end and 4-3 tackle, Richardson is best suited as a three-technique rotational inside pass rusher. He could become a full-time player if he can successfully add weight at the next level.
May 3 - 11:04 AM

The Saints did not select a tight end in the 2015 NFL draft.

If the Josh Hill hype machine wasn't in fifth gear before, it should be now. The 6-foot-5 third-year man with impressive Pro Day measureables is set for a massive boost in role following the trade of Jimmy Graham. The Saints, especially offensive schemer Sean Payton, haven't stopped raving about this kid since the season ended.
May 3 - 10:58 AM

The Saints did not select any wide receivers in the 2015 NFL draft.

It's a bit of a surprise given only Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks are established at the wideout spot for Drew Brees. It's a vote of confidence for Nick Toon, Joe Morgan, Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman. If one can clearly rise to the top during the offseason program and training camp, he'll get on the deep-league radar.
May 3 - 10:56 AM

Saints signed Notre Dame College OT Doniel Gambrell.

Gambrell (6'5/306) was a dominant right tackle in Division 2, earning first-team All-Mountain East honors as a senior. He has a huge wingspan (83") and big hands (10 1/4"), as well as light feet for a big man. Gambrell turned heads at the College Gridiron Showcase in late January, where evaluators suggested he had a chance to become an NFL guard. Gambrell is a roster long shot.
May 2 - 8:40 PM

Saints signed Syracuse G/T Sean Hickey.

Hickey (6'5/309) made 38 career starts for the Orange, succeeding Justin Pugh as Syracuse's left tackle. He was a third-team All-ACC selection by the conference's coaches as a senior. Hickey ran 5.10/5.20 at the Orange Pro Day, adding a 27-inch vertical and pumping 38 reps on the bench. Hickey has short arms (32 3/4"), but big hands (10 1/2") and excels as a run blocker. He'll have to kick inside to guard for NFL teams to mask his pass-protection flaws.
May 2 - 7:57 PM

Saints signed New Hampshire WR R.J. Harris.

Harris (6'0/191) was a prolific pass catcher in the Colonial Athletic Association, securing 310 balls for 4,328 yards (14.0 YPR) and 36 TDs as a four-year starter. He graduated as the CAA's all-time leader in receptions. Harris ran 4.51/4.53 at the New Hampshire Pro Day, adding a 37 1/2-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-7 broad jump. Harris needs work, but his combination of athleticism and collegiate production is impressive, even coming from the FCS.
May 2 - 7:41 PM

Saints signed Clemson DL Tavaris Barnes.

Barnes (6'4/282) played on the same line as Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett, and Corey Crawford at Clemson, making only four career starts. He notched 9.5 career TFLs, five sacks, and one forced fumble across four seasons. Turning 24 in November, Barnes is an old prospect with limited athleticism, running 4.80 at the Combine and struggling in the vertical (31") and broad (9') jumps at Clemson's Pro Day. A fringe NFL prospect, Barnes is an end-tackle tweener with a low ceiling.
May 2 - 7:25 PM

Saints selected Missouri RB Marcus Murphy with the No. 230 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Murphy (5'9/198) was a multi-purpose weapon for the Tigers, scoring 16 career TDs as a ball carrier, two as a receiver, four on punt returns, and three as a kickoff returner. Although he was a high-impact college playmaker, Murphy lacks the attributes of an NFL force. He ran 4.61 at the Combine with lineman-esque vertical (29") and broad (9'1") jump numbers. Murphy's best shot at contributing in the pros will be on special teams.
May 2 - 5:36 PM

Saints selected Georgia DB Damian Swann with the No. 167 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Swann (6'0/189) was a playmaker in the Bulldogs' secondary, piling up 10 career TFLs, four sacks, six forced fumbles, and eight INTs as a 40-game starter. He earned second-team All SEC as a senior. Swann proved to be a pedestrian athlete at the Combine, running 4.50 with a 33-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Competitive and physical, Swann's best position may be free safety or slot corner.
May 2 - 3:10 PM

Saints selected Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison with the No. 154 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Davison (6'2/316) was a dominant nose tackle in the Mountain West, starting 39 games and piling up 28.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He showed plus athleticism for his size at the Combine, running 5.18 with a 33-inch vertical and pumping 32 reps on the bench. Davison has long arms (34") and huge hands (10 3/4"), and is an extremely aggressive player who can push the pocket with power. Davison is talented enough to develop into a starter capable of playing multiple positions on the line.
May 2 - 2:37 PM

Saints selected UT-Chattanooga OLB Davis Tull with the No. 148 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Tull (6'2/246) was the Southern Conference Defensive POY three times, finishing his career with 60 tackles for loss, 10 forced fumbles, and a SoCon record 37 sacks. He obliterated the Combine, posting a 42 1/2-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump before running 4.57 at the UT-Chattanooga Pro Day. Tull beat up on FCS competition, but his dominance at that level combined with a relentless motor and freak-show athleticism suggest Tull stands a good chance to become an impact NFL edge presence.
May 2 - 2:20 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said third-round QB Garrett Grayson was "the one."

"If he wasn't available," Payton said, "we probably would have gone without drafting a quarterback." Grayson played in a pro-style offense at Colorado State and earned comparisons to Drew Brees during the pre-draft process. He will be groomed as the quarterback of the future in New Orleans. Brees is 36.
May 2 - 10:31 AM


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