By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on July 24, 2014
From rookies to veterans, everybody will be looking to impress the coaching staff when training camp kicks off for the New Orleans Saints. Let's focus on the rookies today, specifically, the ones who went untouched during this year's selection process. Here are five undrafted free agents to watch for when preseason practices get underway for the Black and Gold on Friday, July 25.
With 67 tackles (15 for loss), 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and five passes defended, Edebali was a dominant force as a senior in Boston College's linebacker corps. Rob Ryan loves his pass rushers, so if Edebali can make the jump to the next level, he could be one of the surprises at Saints training camp.
Flanders holds numerous NCAA and school rushing records at Sam Houston State, but his progression at the next level will require patience. You see plenty of guys who are excellent college football players, but have trouble developing in the pros. He could be one of those guys and will likely be a project in the NFL. His tiny hands, inability to break tackles and lack of top-end speed will slow him down, but he will be given a chance at camp.
Between his potential and the experience of the Saints' coaching staff, Uzo-Diribe will be somebody to monitor at camp. He offers intriguing upside as a pass rusher with excellent size and athleticism. However, New Orleans is loaded with talent at outside linebacker, so a lights-out performance will be necessary if he wishes to be considered for a job.
A Pac-12 honorable mention at USC, Uko played all over the defensive line for the Trojans. He really has no natural position at the pro level, which is probably why he went undrafted. Luckily, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan loves to move players around. Uko does bring a little bit of versatility to the table along with experience at defensive end and defensive tackle, which could suit him well at training camp.
Coleman surprisingly went undrafted, but he fell into the right hands. While it may be tough for him to make the team at a position that is stacked with talent, he certainly has the size and skill set to do so. At 6-foot-6, he becomes an immediate red zone target for Drew Brees. Coleman has his work cut out for him, but if he shines, he has a chance to beat out a struggling Nick Toon. Chances are slim, but it’s something to watch.
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