The New Orleans Saints made a splash in the undrafted free agent market by signing a handful of rookies following the 2014 NFL Draft. One of the new names Saints’ fans should get to know is Mike Golic Jr (undrafted rookie last season). He is the son of former defensive lineman and current ESPN radio host, Mike Golic of “Mike and Mike in the Morning”. Golic Jr followed in his father’s footsteps by playing his college ball at the University of Notre Dame.
He played his high school football in Connecticut where he was an all-state offensive lineman in both his junior and senior seasons. During 2012 (his fifth year in South Bend), Golic Jr started all 13 games at guard and was part of an offensive line that helped the Irish average over 200 yards per game in both rushing and receiving and blocked its way to a national championship game. However, they were no match for Nick Saban‘s Alabama squad.
Golic Jr entered the league last season after going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft and being picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, just before the new season kicked off, he was cut in order for Mike Tomlin‘s crew to reach their 53-man roster. Well, on May 10, the Saints decided to sign Golic Jr to a two-year deal. After failing to address the need for an interior lineman in the draft, he seems like a smart add.
After losing C Brian de la Puente to the Chicago Bears in free agency, the Black and Gold were in desperate need of a center. It was sort of a head scratcher as to why the team failed to target one in the draft, but I don’t like to question New Orleans’ decisions. Golic Jr has had experience at center as well throughout his career, so it will be interesting to see what the Saints have in store for him. Does the team feel that he can make the 53-man roster and be a productive part of the squad? Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis didn’t sign him to a two-year deal to sit around with his thumb up his you know what.