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3 undrafted rookies who could make the Saints roster

Steve Geller
July 25, 2018 - 10:33 am

This year’s crop of undrafted Saints face an even harder path than past UDFA,s since the cupboards are no longer bare on this roster.  Here are 3 early candidates I think have a shot at making the team, even if it’s the practice squad:

QB J.T. Barrett IV

#5, 6-2, 220 lbs, Ohio State

The Buckeye love is real on the Bayou, and the Saints are in search of a future signal caller. Coach Payton has said he believes Barrett should have been drafted this year after setting school records at Ohio State. He was the first three time captain in the program’s history and has the most wins as a quarterback, most passing yards, and most rushing yards by a QB.

Also in the QB group are Tom Savage and Taysom Hill.

TE Deon Yelder

#83, 6-4, 255 lbs, Western Kentucky

The Black & Gold spent big money to make sure Yelder decided to choose New Orleans as an undrafted free agent. The 6-4, 255 pound TE got $90k to sign with the Saints, and we got to see a small sample of what he could do during offseason workouts…

Yelder excelled last season for the Hilltoppers, hauling in 52 catches for 688 yards and seven touchdowns. That was his first season as a starter at Western Kentucky; he now looks to develop into a complete tight end and has 37 year old Vet Benjamin Watson to lean on as a mentor.  

DT Taylor Stallworth

#76, 6-2, 305lbs, South Carolina

The defensive tackle rotation could look to add another body.  This Mobile, Alabama native was a disruptive force for the Gamecocks and a team leader, winning the most-respected teammates award for two consecutive years.

While the Fleur de Lis D improved a year ago, it still had its issues in the middle. Stallworth only had one career sack in college; but he applied consistent pressure, including 10 QB hurries his senior year. Improving his run defense will be vital to having any shot at sticking with the Saints. 

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