The New Orleans Saints are superb at finding those hidden gems that go untouched during the selection process. Following the 2014 NFL Draft, the Black and Gold gathered up a boatload of new faces from the undrafted free agent market. One new name that fans should get to know as training camp approaches is Nic Jacobs.
A product of Louisiana’s own McNeese State University, Jacobs prepped in Sportsman’s Paradise as a tight end/defensive end hybrid at Many High School in Many, L.A. He was named to the New Orleans-Times Picayune Blue Chip List and the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen. In other words, Jacobs was an excellent high school football player.
As a senior, he totaled 13 catches for 206 yards and also recorded 27 tackles and three sacks on defense. He headed to college as the No. 10 tight end prospect in the country by Scout.com.
A college career at LSU was first on the agenda for Jacobs. He redshirted in 2010 and did not record any receiving stats in 2011. In 2012, Jacobs played in nine games, totaling five catches for 58 yards and zero scores. He was suspended for the final four games of the Tigers’ season for violating team rules and then transferred to McNeese for the 2013 season. The tight end started 12 of 13 games for the Cowboys, tallying 32 receptions for 453 yards and four touchdowns.
Jacobs enters the NFL as more of a blocking tight end. However, he stands at 6-foot-5 and possesses 10-inch hands, which could make him an ideal red zone target. He lacks the ideal speed, footwork and route running skills to separate from defenders, but maybe a little practice under a phenomenal Saints coaching staff can improve his game.
The likelihood of Jimmy Graham skipping out on training camp is almost certain, which will give Jacobs an excellent opportunity to get noticed. Benjamin Watson has the spot behind Graham on lock, but after that, it’s up for grabs. Jacobs main competition at the position will be Josh Hill and Je’Ron Hamm. Camp is just around the corner, so it will be interesting to see what Sean Payton and company have in store for the Louisiana native.