May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) walks to the stage after being selected as the number twenty overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the New Orleans Saints at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
After an exciting stretch of three days involving the NFL Draft, and the after events with the undrafted rookie free agents, it’s time to get back to a form of normalcy. You can happily rejoice that mock drafts are over (although I think we’re going to start seeing 2015 stuff now).
In case you missed it, be sure to check out the New Orleans Saints 2014 undrafted class. This list is composed based off sources, as the team has not officially announced their list. You will start seeing a host of player profiles from our staff writers that get you familiar with these new additions. If you haven’t checked out the profile on OT Tavon Rooks, go there!
Mike Triplett | ESPN | Mel Kiper Jr. gives Saints a C-plus
"For one thing, the Saints didn’t really land any “steals” based on where their choices were rated by draft analysts like Kiper heading into the draft — unless you want to count undrafted receiver Brandon Coleman, who agreed to a deal after the draft. And the Saints had to trade up to get Cooks (they probably would’ve gotten a higher grade if he fell to them at No. 27)."
That’s not the grade I’d give the New Orleans Saints on their draft. My grade isn’t too far off, but I won’t spoil it for you. I believe the Saints had a good draft, but maybe not great in terms of appeasing others. For what it’s worth, history has shown that it doesn’t mean diddly poo what someone else grades the draft.
Larry Holder | NOLA.com | New Orleans Saints agree to terms with guard Mike Golic Jr. on two-year deal
"He spent time with the Steelers last offseason, but didn’t make the 53-man roster after training camp. He’s the son of former NFL defensive linemen and ESPN radio personality Mike Golic."
The Saints must have seen something in Golic Jr. to bring him on board. The team has a knack for finding players that aren’t on many radars, just look at Ty Nsekhe. It’s way too early to say whether Golic Jr. makes the Saints final roster, or even the practice squad, at this point in time. The Saints locked him up for two years, so they at least have an advantage from a contract perspective.
Brian Allee-Walsh | The Advocate | Saints notebook: Loomis says Jimmy Graham hearing is expected in about 30 days
"The Jimmy Graham grievance hearing is expected to be heard by an arbiter in approximately 30 days, Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis confirmed Saturday."
Again, if you’ve been following the Jimmy Graham offseason saga, this should come as no shock to you. This honestly could go either way for these parties. A long-term deal is still possible before we get to this point, but we haven’t heard much to suggest that will happen. The timeframe for the hearing is around June 17-18.
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