After drafting Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri in the 5th round the Saints (well, Rob Ryan I guess) decided to bring in a few other undrafted safeties to compete for a roster spot. One of them is Ty Zimmerman from Kansas State, as a local beat writer confirmed via Twitter:
#KState safety Ty Zimmerman signed as UDFA with the New Orleans Saints, per league source.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) 10 Maggio 2014
Zimmerman, listed at 6’1″, 204, is a four-year starter who was an AP third-team All-American, AP All-Big 12 First Team and All-Big 12 First Team (coaches) in 2013. After playing both quarterback and defensive back in high school he started for the Kansas State Wildcats since 2010, recording 257 tackles, 24 pass deflections and 13 interceptions.
Strengths: Zimmerman often wins with his mind. He has good eye-discipline and is able to identify plays and routes quickly. He has good ball skills and tackles fairly well too. Watch him fight against Kenny Stills back in 2012:
Weaknesses: Zimmerman is not the fastest guy on the field (he runs a 4.55 40-yard dash, according to Espn.com) and lacks some burst while running laterally or getting the ball.
Rob Ryan wants all the safeties. He really does. Does this means Ty Zimmerman will be on the roster in week 1? It’s too soon to tell but I think he definitely has a chance thanks to his mental preparation and knowledge of the game of football. If he’s successful as a special teamer he could eventually develop into a good NFL safety in a few years.