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New Orleans Saints sign undraftees


Immediately following the last pick in the draft the race began to sign undrafted players.

Saints already had 79 players on the roster plus 7 new draft picks, so this year’s group of undrafted signings may be smaller than usual as New Orleans nears the 90-man offseason roster limit.

Offense:

RB, South Florida, D’Ernest Johnson, 5’10” and 210 pounds, Finished his career as USF’s all-time leader in all-purpose yardage with 4,186 yards, including 1,796 career yards rushing…set USF records for a running back with 73 receptions for 909 yards…scored 29 career touchdowns, including 16 rushing, 12 receiving and 1 punt return.

WR, Hawaii/Temple, Keith Kirkwood, 6’2″ and 221 pounds, 4.45 40 yard dash. Kirkwood had 45 catches for 673 yards and 7 TD’s. The 6’3″, 220-pound wideout was one of the few consistent performers for the Owls this season, scoring seven touchdowns and consistently hauling in three-to-five passes each game. Krikwood is a redshirt senior.

Wake Forest tight end Cameron Serigne, is an accomplished receiving threat, collecting 174 catches, 2075 yards, and 21 scores over four years as a starter. Serigne was invited to the Saints’ rookie minicamp.

TE, Western Kentucky, Deon Yelder had 52 receptions, 688 yards, and 7 TD’s as a senior. 6’4″ and 255 pounds, touched 33.5 inches in the vertical jump and 10-foot in the broad jump and ran 40s which timed as low as 4.72. He looked good in position drills, ran solid routes and caught the ball well.

OT/OG, Nebraska, David Knevel is 6’9″ and 315, showed the ability to play both guard and tackle during his senior year, while working though an early-season injury. Knevel was one of the tallest players in Nebraska football history and was the first Canadian Husker in more than a decade, hailing from Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

OG/OC, Wake Forest and South Carolina, Cory Helms, started four years between the two programs, redshirting in-between after transferring due to a family member’s severe illness. started 23 games at guard after transferring from Wake Forest. He is 6-foot-4, 309 pounds.

OG, Ole Miss, Daronte Bouldin, 6’5″ and 318 pounds, a red shirt senior. Last year Bouldin started 3 and appeared in 8 games at RG before season-ending injury for broken foot. 4 starts (2 at RG and 2 at LG) and played in 11 games in 2016. Showcased in video for doing 35 bench press reps at pro day.

OT, Colorado, Jeromy Irwin 6’5″ and 295 pounds, started three years and been nominated team captain twice while earning an 2017 All-Pac 12 Team honorable mention. Allowed 1 1/2 sacks on 709 snaps in 10 games.

Defense:

DT, South Carolina, Taylor Stallworth,  5.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 5 pass breakups the last two years. (6-foot-2, 312 pounds) started career 31 games, including all 26 in his final two seasons. He made 41 and 30 tackles his final two seasons, with 5 1/2 tackles for loss and 12 hurries. He was a key factor in USC’s run defense.

DL, Oregon, Henry Mondeaux, 6’5″ and 290 pounds, had 17 tackles for loss and 9 sacks in college career. Started all 13 games at defensive end finishing the year with 45 total tackles including six tackles for loss and five sacks. Pro Football Focus All-Pac-12 Team (Week 8). Tough Man Award (Team award for Will to Win)

LB, Tennessee, Colton Jumper, 6’2″ and 229 pounds, finished his college career with 126 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes defended and one forced fumble in 38 games. The 6-foot-2 Jumper wasn’t considered a major prospect at the NFL level, but he surprised plenty of scouts with a strong performance at Tennessee’s Pro Day. He bulked up to 235 pounds and ran a sub-4.6-second 40-yard dash, recorded a 34-inch vertical leap and did 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. He also impressed in the broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Gave up a Navy scholarship due to a rare kidney condition and walked on at Tennessee.

CB, Cincinnati, Linden Stephens, 6’0″ and 193 pounds, Linden started all 12 games in 2017 and tallied 21 career starts. His 51 tackles ranked among the Bearcats’ top seven on the season, including 31 solo stops, a team-high eight pass break ups and an interception. In 50 career games, Stephens hauled in six interceptions defended 26 passes, made 140 tackles and forced a fumble.

Special:

LS, Eastern Illinois, A.J. Hantak has accepted an invitation to the Saints’ rookie minicamp practices, and shares an alma mater with Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Saints have a nearly complete roster thanks recent good drafts and significant free agent moves, so expect many big-name UDFA’s to look for other teams.

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