The 2013 NFL draft has finally concluded, which means the New Orleans Saints are busy as work attempted to sign undrafted free agents.
We’ve got you covered.
Today is one of the busiest news days of the year, so hold on to your seats as we take you through the most pertinent information surrounding your Saints.
Let’s take a look.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
I’m not knocking the Saints’ selection of Vaccaro. He has a great skill set, and he’s going to make a secondary that needed help much better. But I do have to question the wisdom of taking a safety with their first pick.
New Orleans is in the process of switching from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme. That means you have to have the right personnel for the 3-4, and I’m not sure the Saints have that. The key to a 3-4 scheme is having an edge pass-rusher. The Saints could have had outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who was a productive rusher in college, at No. 15, but they passed on him and took Vaccaro. That was New Orleans’ one big chance to get a pass-rusher because the Saints have been limited as to what they were able to do in free agency by the salary cap.
Per Saints’ official website:
“I think a few things, I think number one we paid attention to the measurables and if you look at each player, their size, their speed (fits what we want). With the defensive players, it’s the stature, even with the left tackle (Terron Armstead) offensively there is athleticism in someone who really did a good job, not only on tape but in regards to skill set, in regards to the way he tested. The same way with the receiver (Kenny Stills), he is someone that runs exceptionally well, he is fluid, and then I think at the very beginning of the draft with Kenny Vaccaro, there is a real good background or body of work the way he plays. So I think that process for the next two weeks where they get ready to come here for the rookie minicamp (will be beneficial). I think what is going to take place here in the next couple of hours (undrafted free agent recruiting), it’s still not over yet.
Per Saints’ official site:
“I think that gets back to trying to get the best player, the guy with the best opportunity to make your team, without getting too concerned about need. We are relying on our area scouts and our cross-check scouts a lot when we get down in the later rounds. Obviously our coaches receive a chance to take a look at some of these guys and they’ll have an affinity for someone that has a particular trait that we value. I think our coaching staff has shown the ability to take players with special skills and find a way to fit them in. That is sort of the area we are looking to find guys, that is the way we try to find guys. Again, we are not limited to big schools. We’re looking at some of the smaller schools and guys that have been productive at schools that are under the radar.”
Per Saints’ official site:
What are your thoughts about coming down here and playing with guys like Drew Brees, Marques Colston, and Lance Moore?
“It’s amazing. In high school I caught some passes from Drew Brees when he was in San Diego, so I know what he is capable of. I watch him every year in the NFL. It’s a prolific offense and a huge opportunity for me to go in and play with veterans, learn and be a sponge.”
Who called you when the Saints picked you?
“I talked to everyone, I talked to Coach (Sean) Payton, Mickey Loomis and pretty much everyone. They were all congratulating me and I tried to hold in all my excitement.”
Per NOLA.com, Larry Holder:
New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis put some closure on the future of three of the team’s veteran free agents. Loomis said during his Saturday afternoon post-draft press conference that defensive end Sedrick Ellis, wide receiver Devery Henderson and linebacker Scott Shanle probably wouldn’t be part of the team’s plans in 2013.
So that makes three more players who played major roles in helping the Saints win Super Bowl XLIV whose careers in New Orleans are seemingly over.
We’re tracking every undrafted free-agent signing for the Saints HERE.