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Steve: 3 rookies Saints need to perform right away

Steve Geller
May 10, 2017 - 3:19 pm

The NFL draft was two weeks ago, and now it’s time for the Saints newbies to report for rookie minicamp which runs this Friday through Sunday.  Not only will the Black and Gold’s seven draftees be attending but there are also 12 undrafted free agents and a few tryout players that will attempt to turn some coaches’ heads. It will be the rookies’ first opportunity to get a taste of what an actual NFL practice is like.  It is said that first impressions are everything, and the Saints could use early contributions from these 3 fresh faces:

Marshon Lattimore 

Obviously the 11th overall pick in the draft is expected to step in right away and be counted on a difference maker.  Sean Payton has an affinity for kids out of Ohio State and the 6ft corner is needed to help turn around a pass defense that’s been getting shredded by the opposition.   He's a physical defender that racked up nine pass break-ups and four interceptions in 2016 and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches. 

Marcus Williams  

The safety position for New Orleans was a lot thinner than you may have realized, and the Saints scheme often likes to use three on the field at the same time. When Jairus Byrd was signed, he was expected to be the 2nd coming of Darren Sharper as the team’s ball-hawk; but injuries derailed those dreams. Could Williams be the correct answer? This 2nd round selection picked off five passes in each of his last two seasons at Utah while earning All-Pac-12 honors. The Fleur de Lis D ranked 27th in the league last year in INTs with nine.

Trey Hendrickson 

Finding someone to apply pressure to the quarterback was one of the Saints main goals; and while they didn’t get their guy in the first two rounds, Hendrickson could be a 3rd round gem.  We’ll have to see how the Florida Atlantic product stacks up against NFL talent, but he’s pops coming off the line of scrimmage and looks like he gives max effort every play.  The 6'4, 244 lbs terror totaled 23 sacks his last two years in college. Hendrickson may not be a day 1 starter, but he’s needed at least as a rotational player.

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