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Saints Training Camp: UDFA CB Rod Sweeting Opening Eyes Early


Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Tech defensive back Rod Sweeting runs with the ball after making a catch during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Much of the attention during New Orleans Saints training camp at cornerback has been on Keenan Lewis, Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson.

Even when it comes to undrafted free agents the attention has been focused on linebackers like Chase Thomas and Eric Martin.

That means Georgia Tech product Rod Sweeting has been flying completely under the radar in a stealth aircraft of non-human origin.

Until now.

Sweeting is gaining the attention of any and all comers thanks to his stellar play during training camp. Mike Triplett of has the details:

"The undrafted rookie cornerback from Georgia Tech had another impressive showing  Wednesday and continues to make a case for himself as a sleeper candidate for a roster spot. Sweeting’s best play Wednesday came in team drills when he ran stride for stride down the field with speedy receiver Joe Morgan and knocked away the pass from quarterback Luke McCown."

The best part? Coordinator Rob Ryan goes on to praise Sweeting as well for exploding on to the scene once the pads came out.

Sweeting by no means has a sound chance at the roster. He has the big three aforementioned names in front of him and will have to jockey for position with guys like Corey White, Chris Carr, Korey Lindsey and more.

It’s early but Sweeting is making a name for himself in the right way. Any time an undrafted player can grab the attention of his coordinator this early it’s a good sign of things to come. It was a bit of a shock Sweeting went undrafted in the first place, and now he’s showing why teams should not have passed on him.

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