The New Orleans Saints recently announced the acquisitions of nose tackle Tyrone Ezell and linebacker Marcus Thompson. Both players were undrafted free agents and had begun the offseason with other teams. Both players have the potential to be major diamonds in the rough if they are able to develop.
Ezell is about 6-foot-4 and weighs close to 305 pounds. He began this offseason with the Houston Texans after they signed the former Pittsburgh defensive lineman. During his senior season, he started 12 games and was named team captain. At nose tackle, he recorded 34 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and two passes defended. Players are always getting hurt in the trenches, so it’s good to see the Black and Gold add a little depth in that key area.
The Miami Dolphins picked up Thompson after he went undrafted out of Rutgers. Thompson stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 250 pounds. As a senior for the Scarlet Knights, he started all 13 games and led the team with 5.5 sacks. He was also named the Co-Defensive MVP at the team’s end of the year banquet.
The Saints have made a living by turning undrafted free agents into big-time stars. It’s not completely crazy to think that, with some polishing, these guys could join the starting lineup in years to come. For now, these guys will have to fight to make the team and, if they make it, will likely be riding the pine for a long while.
Overall, these are great signings for the Saints. Depth is so important at the linebacker and interior defensive line spots, so these guys may come in handy.