5 New Orleans Saints’ Rookies Poised for Big Training Camp

5 New Orleans Saints' Rookies Poised for Big Training Camp

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After the 2014 NFL Draft and a dip into the undrafted free-agent market, the New Orleans Saints are loaded with rookie talent. For the next few months, these newbies are going be playing their hearts out to earn a spot on the depth chart. With that said, let's go ahead and take a look at five rookies poised for a strong performance at training camp.

5. ILB Khairi Fortt

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5. ILB Khairi Fortt

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Khairi Fortt, the Saints' fourth-round pick out of California will look to set a tempo in training camp from the get go. The inside linebacker spot held by David Hawthorne is a vulnerable position. Anybody would kill to play alongside Curtis Lofton in that starting front seven. Fortt has great size, speed and versatility; he moves like a safety. If he happens to outperform Hawthorne, he may see a significant amount of playing time in 2014.

4. RB Timothy Flanders

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4. RB Timothy Flanders

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Flanders was an animal in Sam Houston State's rush attack. In 2013, he ran for 2,134 and 34 touchdowns-- both staggering numbers for a single season. His lack of top-end speed, small hands and inability to break tackles caused him to go undrafted, but he still looks to be a steal for the Saints. With a strong performance at training camp, Flanders may find himself on the depth chart behind Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson.

3. WR Brandon Coleman

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3. WR Brandon Coleman

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Coleman went unpicked in the 2014 NFL Draft, which is a bit of a surprise. At 6-foot-6, the Saints found themselves an immediate red-zone threat in the undrafted rookie. Yes, the Saints are loaded with receivers, but after Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks, the fourth spot on the depth chart is up for grabs.

2. CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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2. CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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Stanley Jean-Baptiste was a steal at the end of the second round. He is a dominant, hands-on guy that could evolve into a solid shutdown corner in the NFL. Like Richard Sherman, Jean-Baptiste stands at 6-foot-3 and is a wide receiver turned defensive back. I am not saying he will be as good as Sherman, but their backgrounds and measurables do compare. He will be a nice fit opposite Keenan Lewis, another tall, shutdown corner on the Saints.

1. WR Brandin Cooks

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1. WR Brandin Cooks

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Anytime you affix a player with this much speed and athleticism into a high-powered offense, he is bound to find success. Brandin Cooks has the hands, explosiveness and quick feet to be a dominant target for Drew Brees. I see no reason why he won't shine in training camp. The Saints have a dangerous new toy to play with after taking the former Oregon State receiver in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.


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