Saints Rookie Mini Camp opens

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The New Orleans Saints opened Rookie Mini Camp Friday.

Draft picks and undrafted free agents are getting their first workout in Black and Gold.

We will hear from the coaches and players Saturday.

"Following the morning practice on Saturday, May 13, there will be a media availability with Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and members of his coaching staff," according to a news release.

The Saints rookies include...

Draft picks on Day 1

·         With the 11th pick overall, New Orleans selected Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore and with the 32nd pick, they selected Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk (pronounced Ram-check).
·         This was the sixth time in franchise history that New Orleans selected two players in the first round. The other years this occurred were 2015 (T Andrus Peat and LB Stephone Anthony), 2002 (DE Charles Grant and WR Donte’ Stallworth), 1993 (T William Roaf and TE Irv Smith), 1981 (RB George Rogers and QB Dave Wilson – supplemental) and 1975 (WR Larry Burton and G Kurt Schumacher).
·         Lattimore is the fourth cornerback selected by New Orleans in the first round all-time, joining Alex Molden (1996), Malcolm Jenkins (2009) and Patrick Robinson (2010).
·         Lattimore is the fifth Saint selected in the first round out of Ohio State, joining LB Rick Middleton (1974 – 13th overall), Schumacher (1975-12th overall), DE Will Smith (2004-18th overall) and Jenkins (2009-14th overall), with the most New Orleans first round picks coming from former Buckeyes, Lattimore being the highest chosen of the group. He’s the 15th Saint selected from Ohio State overall, joining 2016 second round selections and college teammates S Vonn Bell and WR Michael Thomas.
·         The 6-0, 192-pound Lattimore played in 20 career games at Ohio State and totaled 46 tackles, one tackle for loss, four interception returns for 61 yards and 16 passes defensed.
·         As a redshirt sophomore in 2016, Lattimore opened all 13 games and was named first-team All-Big Ten Conference by the league’s coaches, ranking second on the team and sixth in the Big Ten with four interceptions and also contributing 13 passes defensed, helping the Buckeyes qualify for the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes ranked sixth in the nation in total defense (296.8 ypg.) and third in team passing efficiency defense (94.36) and scoring defense (15.5 ppg.)
·         A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Lattimore was a standout at Glenville High School, where he was coached by Ted Ginn, the father of Saints wideout Ted Ginn Jr.
·         With the selection of Ramczyk, it is the second time in three years that New Orleans has selected a tackle in the first round, joining Peat in 2015. Ramczyk is the seventh tackle all-time to be picked by the Saints in the first round, including Peat, Jammal Brown (2005), Kyle Turley (1998), Roaf (1993), Jim Dombrowski (1986) and Stan Brock (1980).
·         Ramczyk is the ninth player selected from the University of Wisconsin by the Saints. He is the first New Orleans first round selection from Wisconsin.
·         The 6-6, 314-pound Ramczyk opened all 14 games at Wisconsin at left tackle in 2016 on his way to consensus first-team All-America and first-team All-Big Ten honors. He anchored a Badgers offensive line blocked for 203.1 rushing yards per game.
·         Ramczyk transferred to Wisconsin-Madison from Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2015. At Stevens Point, his hometown, from 2013-14, he handled starting left tackle duties.

Draft picks on Day 2

·         Since the NFL Draft switched to a three-day format in 2010, New Orleans’ six picks in the first two days, are the most by the club during that time in the first two days of a draft.
·         Among these six picks, two come from the Big 10 (cornerback Marshon Lattimore-Ohio State and tackle Ryan Ramcyzk-Wisconsin), two from the Southeastern Conference (running back Alvin Kamara-Tennessee and linebacker Alex Anzalone-Florida), one from Conference USA (defensive end Trey Hendrickson-Florida Atlantic) and one from the Pac-12 (Safety Marcus Williams-Utah).
·         The only pick New Orleans has remaining on Saturday for the final day is a sixth round draft pick (196th overall). The Washington Redskins hold their fifth round selection from a 2016 draft day trade, which they used to acquire the 120th overall pick to select defensive lineman David Onyemata. They fourth round pick (103rd) is held by the New England Patriots, as part of a trade where New Orleans acquired the Patriots’ first round choice (32nd overall) and third round pick (103rd overall) in exchange for the fourth rounder and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. As part of the trade to acquire the 67th overall pick today, New Orleans sent San Francisco their seventh round pick (229th overall).
·         New Orleans made four picks this evening; with the 42nd overall pick in the second round, they chose Williams out of Utah, with the 67th overall choice in the third which they acquired from San Francisco in exchange for their 2017 seventh round choice (229th overall) and a 2018 second round pick, they picked Kamara, with the 76th overall choice in the third, they selected Anzalone and with the 103rd overall pick in the third, they selected Hendrickson.
·         Williams was the fourth New Orleans selection out of Utah all-time and was the first Saints draft selection from the Utes since they picked tight end Henry Lusk in the seventh round (246th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft.
·         Williams is a Corona, Calif. native who played three seasons at the University of Utah, played in 37 games with 30 starts and recorded 189 career tackles (125 solo), 11 interceptions and 19 passes defensed.
·         In 2016, Williams was a second-team All-Pac 12 selection as he started all 11 games he played in and finished second in the conference with a team-high five interceptions, added eight passes defensed and also posted two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
·         In 2015, Williams started all 13 games at his free safety position and posted 66 tackles, ranked second in the conference with five interceptions and added two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery as he captured first-team All-Pac 12 honors.
·         Williams’ selection was announced at NFL Draft headquarters in Philadelphia by former Saints kicker and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 Morten Andersen.
·         The 11th player selected from Tennessee by New Orleans all-time, Kamara played two seasons for the Volunteers from 2015-16 and played in 24 career games, carrying 210 times for 1,294 yards (6.2 avg.) with 16 touchdowns, caught 74 passes for 683 yards with seven touchdowns and also returned 26 punts for 284 yards (10.9 avg.) with one touchdown.
·         In 2016, he appeared in 11 games with seven starts and finished the year with a team-high 1,188 all-purpose yards (596 rushing, 392 receiving, 184 punt return, 16 kickoff return) and 13 total touchdowns. He finished tied for third in the Southeastern Conference in total touchdowns scored (13), seventh in all-purpose yards and ninth in total points (78).
·         In 2015, Kamara played in all 13 games for Tennessee, rushing for 69 yards with seven touchdowns. His 6.5 yards per carry average ranked third in the SEC. He caught 34 passes for 291 yards with three touchdowns and also brought back a punt for a score for eight total TDs.
·          In Tennessee’s matchup at Texas A&M on October 8, 2016, his 312 all-purpose yards set a new Tennessee record and were the second most by an FBS player in 2016. The yardage came on 18 carries for 127 yards and 161 receiving yards on a career-high eight catches, as well as eight punt return yards and 16 kickoff return yards. He score three touchdowns in the contest.
·         Kamara’s selection was announced by former Saints wideout Lance Moore at the draft proceedings in Philadelphia.
·         Anzalone, who declared for the draft after his redshirt junior season in 2016, is the ninth player selected from the University of Florida.
·         A native of Wyomissing, Pa., he started the first eight games in 2016 before suffering a forearm injury and ranked third on the team with 53 tackles and tallied three sacks, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
·         In 48 career games at Florida Atlantic, where he played defensive end, the 6-4, 270-pound Hendrickson recorded 130 tackles and 29 sacks. He’s the first player ever selected by New Orleans from FAU.
·         As a senior in 2016, he was named a first-team All-Conference USA selection for the second straight campaign, and claimed the league’s Defensive MVP award, recording 50 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two passes defensed and four blocked kicks, tied for the lead in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
·         Hendrickson enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2015 as a junior, when he was named first-team All-Conference after he recorded 39 tackles, 13 sacks, which led Conference USA and was ranked second nationally in the FBS, 13.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Draft picks on Day 3

·         New Orleans made only one pick on Saturday, April 29; with the 196th overall pick in the sixth round, they picked University of Miami (Fla.) DL Al-Quadin Muhammad. The Washington Redskins held their fifth round selection from a 2016 draft day trade, which they used to acquire the 120th overall pick to select defensive lineman David Onyemata. Their fourth round pick was sent to the New England Patriots, as part of a trade where New Orleans acquired the Patriots’ first round choice (32nd overall) and third round pick (103rd overall) in exchange for the fourth rounder and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. As part of the trade to acquire the 67th overall pick on Friday which they used to select University of Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans sent San Francisco their seventh round pick (229th overall) and a second round choice in 2018. This was the only trade New Orleans made on draft weekend.
·         Overall out of the seven players selected by New Orleans over the weekend, two players were taken from the Big 10 Conference (CB Marshon Lattimore-Ohio State and T Ryan Ramcyzk-Wisconsin), two from the Southeastern Conference (Kamara and LB Alex Anzalone-Florida) and one from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Muhammad), the Pac 12 (S Marcus Williams-Utah) and Conference USA (DE Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic).
·         Muhammad, 6-3, 256, is the sixth player ever selected by New Orleans from the University of Miami (Fla.)
·         In 25 career games at Miami with seven starts, the New Jersey native recorded 62 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, seven, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.
·         Muhammad enjoyed a breakout season in 2015, when he appeared in 12 games with seven starts, finishing third on the team with 54 tackles and leading the Hurricanes in tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (five).

The Saints also added a dozen rookie free agents to their offseason acquisisons:

Collin Buchanan – Guard, Miami (Ohio) (6-5, 328): Buchanan was a four-year letterman for the Redhawks and played in 45 games along the offensive line, primarily at right tackle. The Southfield, Mich. native was a second‐team All‐MAC selection as a senior in 2016, when he started 12 games at right tackle for the Red and White and was part of an offensive line unit that helped Miami run for an average of 136.3 yards per game.


Chase Dominguez – Long Snapper, Utah (6-5, 240): Dominquez snapped for every punt and placekick in all 51 games for the Utes from 2013-16 and will compete for snapping duties with the Saints. The Southern California native was a Phil Steele third-team All-American selection as a senior in 2016 and was a three-time Pac 12 All-Academic selection.


Travin Dural – Wide Receiver, Louisiana State (6-2, 207): Dural spent four years as an integral part of the offense at LSU where he capped his career by being named an offensive team captain as a senior in 2016. As a senior, the Breaux Bridge native played in 11 games with nine starts and finished second on the Tigers in receiving with 28 receptions for 280 yards with one touchdown. He enjoyed his most productive season as a sophomore in 2014, when he played in and started all 13 games and led the Tigers in receptions (37), receiving yards (758) and receiving touchdowns (7).


Ahmad Fulwood – Wide receiver, Florida (6-4, 208): Fulwood, who is a native of Jacksonville, Fla., played in 13 games with one start for the University of Florida as a senior and recorded seven receptions for 112 yards with one touchdown. He enjoyed his most productive season as a freshman in 2013, when he had 16 of his 17 receptions in the Gators’ last seven games. In four seasons in Gainesville, Fulwood played in 51 games with eight starts and finished his college career with 42 receptions for 499 yards with three touchdowns.


Andrew Lauderdale – Offensive lineman, New Hampshire (6-5, 291): The Concord, N.H. native was a two-year starter at tackle UNH, right tackle in 2015 and left tackle in 2016. Lauderdale was a lynchpin on the Wildcats offensive line as a senior in 2016, where he started all 13 games at left tackle. He helped UNH's offense average 28.5 points per game and 379.2 yards per game with a breakdown of 181.2 rushing yards and 197.9 passing yards per game. The 'Cats averaged 4.6 yards per rush and 5.2 yards per play. With those numbers, UNH ranked third in the Colonial Athletic Association in both scoring and total offense, as well as fourth in rushing offense.


Devaroe Lawrence – Defensive tackle, Auburn (6-2, 294): Lawrence, a Greenville, S.C. native, played in 28 games over the last two seasons at Auburn and recorded 45 tackles and 1.5 sacks. As a senior in 2016, he appeared in 11 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Alabama contest and recorded 13 tackles (nine solo), three stops for loss and one sack.


Cameron Lee – Guard, Illinois State (6-6, 320): Lee was a four-year letterman at both guard and tackle for Illinois State, finishing his career playing in 38 games with 25 starts. As a senior in 2016, Lee was an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Honorable Mention selection, when he started all 12 games for the Redbirds, making a move late in the season from guard to right tackles. The Oakwood, Ill. native blocked for the Redbirds offense, who were ranked sixth in the MVFC in total offense (385.4 ypg.).


Arthur Maulet – Cornerback, Memphis (5-10, 190): Maulet is a Kenner native who prepped at Bonnabel High School and contributed on both defense and special teams for two seasons. As a senior in 2016, he played in all 13 games for the Tigers and recorded 73 tackles (57 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, 15 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. In two seasons, he played in 26 games and posted 111 stops, 7.5 tackles for loss, four picks with one returned for a touchdown, 24 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.


John Robinson-Woodgett – Fullback, Massachusetts (6-1, 247): The Springfield, Mass. native came back home for a graduate transfer season at UMass after spending his first four years at Colorado where he split between the fullback and linebacker positions. He played in 11 games with three starts for the Minutemen in 2016, where he carried 19 times for 68 yards with one touchdown, caught 10 passes for 65 yards with one touchdown and added eight tackles (six solo). In three seasons at Colorado, he posted 91 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.


Sae Tautu  – Linebacker, Brigham Young (6-3, 245): A four-year contributor at both defensive end and at linebacker for BYU. The Alpine, Utah native played in 13 games as a senior in 2016 and recorded a career-high 50 tackles and also led Brigham Young in both tackles for loss (11) and sacks (six).


Cameron Tom – Center, Southern Mississippi (6-4, 287): A two-time first-team All-Conference USA selection from 2015-16, the Baton Rouge native who prepped at Catholic High School started 48 consecutive contests at Southern Mississippi and opened all 16 games at center as a senior in 2016.


Clint Van Horn – Guard, Marshall (6-5, 314): Van Horn, who has played both guard and tackle, was a three-year starter at right tackle for the Thundering Herd The Beckley, W.V. native, who was a former walk-on, started nine games at right tackle in 2016 after receiving a medical redshirt and was a first-team All-Conference USA selection in 2014 after opening all 14 games that season.

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