The fun is just beginning as the New Orleans Saints approach offseason workouts. Rookies will battle for playing time, while undrafted rookies will simply fight for a roster spot.
Today we’ll take a look at how others are reacting to the Saints draft, take a gander at what numbers rookies will be wearing and attempt to figure out which rookies, if any, will make the final roster.
Let’s take a look.
Per Larry Holder of NOLA.com, Saints rookies have been officially assigned numbers:
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) April 29, 2013
Per Mel Kiper:
Summary: Welcome back, New Orleans. Last year, the Saints were basically shut out, with no picks in either Round 1 or 2. This year, they got some pretty good players at a few different spots. Kenny Vaccaro is the best safety in what is a really good draft class of safeties, so getting him at No. 15 was by no means a reach, particularly when that’s a big need for this defense. Terron Armstead was a pretty good value at another need position all the way down at No. 75. He’s an extremely athletic left tackle prospect. The problem is he needs time to develop, and that position looks really shaky headed into 2013. John Jenkins is a huge, high-effort defensive tackle who can play immediately. If there’s a big question for New Orleans, it’s whether it should have taken Jarvis Jones at No. 15, because the Saints could use a pass-rusher. But they got better over these three days.
Per Jason Bernos:
Vaccaro is so versatile that one of the multiple positions Texas used him at last year was MLB in sub-packages.
As I was saying before, he gives you multiple options when it comes to the Saints secondary. This could mean the end for Roman Harper in order to make room for the Longhorn. That would put Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins at both safety positions (the distinction between FS/SS isn’t needed with those guys in this scenario).
Per ESPN, Undrafted Free Agent Ryan Griffin Signed a Nice Deal With the Team:
#Saints give undrafted QB Ryan Griffin $5K signing bonus and guarantee $15K of base salary.
— Pat Yasinskas (@PatYazESPN) April 29, 2013