The New Orleans Saints addressed many needs throughout the 2014 NFL draft. However, as customary after the draft, there are a host of undrafted rookie free agents that are brought in to fill the team’s 90-man roster. Today, highlight Tim Flanders, a running back from Sam Houston State.
As per NFL Draft Scout, Flanders ranked #32 out of 171 running backs. He sits at 5’9″, 207 pounds. He’d play four seasons with Sam Houston State (2010-2014) and become the team’s starter after joining the Bearkats as a walk on. He’d finish playing in 54 games, amass 5,623 rushing yards on 999 carries (5.6 average), add 633 receiving yards on 64 receptions, and find the end zone 70 times (66 rushing, 4 receiving).
Flanders is more than excited to get an opportunity with the team.
“No.1 it was my favorite team growing up,” the Midwest City, Okla. said of what excites him about this opportunity with the Saints. “No.2 was the reputation with the backs. All of the backs who were on the roster last year came undrafted so that really helps out.”
NFL.com’s draft profile said that Flanders was a “Tough, competitive, hard-nosed runner with the eyes, instincts and intangibles to earn a role. Has make-it qualities that could endear him to a coaching staff and add life to a locker room.”
Flanders has one of the best chances to make the team as a fifth running back option. To do so, Flanders will need to excel in special teams, similar to what predecessors Travaris Cadet and Khiry Robinson did for the team. He is one of the players I labeled as one to watch during OTAs and training camp.