New Orleans Saints announce undrafted free agent class
While rumors of players that signed with the New Orleans Saints as undrafted free agents has been circulating for days, the team finally officially announced the 20 players that are now members of the black and gold.
The most notable player on this list is former Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel, who was ranked as one of the best safeties in the draft but went unpicked due to some personal issues off the field in college. Even if Roman Harper is resigned, look for McDaniel to make a strong push for a roster spot.
A lot of the players that were signed aren’t high profile guys from college, but neither were Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas when they entered training camp as undrafted free agents. The Saints have shown an uncanny ability to find talent in the late rounds and from UDFAs, and it will be interesting to see which players make the strongest case for roster spots, especially with the team in a tight spot with the salary cap.
The following are the players signed by the Saints with their position and college: Isa Abdul Quddus, S, Fordham; Harold Beilby, T, Marian (Ind.); John Chiles, WR, Texas; Ryan Colburn, QB, Fresno State; Jarred Fayson, WR, Illinois; Harry Flaherty, TE, Princeton; C.J. Gable, RB, Southern California, Michael Galatas, WR, Millsaps; Josh Gatlin, CB, North Dakota State; Michael Higgins, TE, Nebraska-Omaha; Jeremiha Hunter, LB, Iowa; Kolby Hurt, FB, Missouri State; Carl Johnson, G, Florida; Dexter Larimore, DT, Ohio State; DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson; Joseph Morgan, WR, Walsh; Kyle Nelson, LS, New Mexico State; Dwight Roberson, LB, Oregon State; Mike Smith, OL, Nebraska; Ryan Taylor, C, UCLA and Jacob Rogers, K, Cincinnati.
An interesting note is the number of receivers and defensive backs that have been signed. The Saints normally only keep five receivers, but because the amount of money Devery Henderson is due, he could find himself on the cutting block. That could put long-time practice squad player Adrian Arrington on the active roster for the year, with the best of the undrafted free agents making the practice squad, at least.
The Saints also already have a crowded defensive backfield, but due to the importance of the position, one injury can jeopardize a season. The Saints are likely covering their back by making sure lots of players have a feel for the defensive plays and are ready to step in if injury happens.