Following the 2015 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints made an immediate splash in the endless pool of undrafted free agents, signing 13 rookies to contracts. Sean Payton and company also handpicked an additional crop of newcomers for an opportunity to try out for the Black and Gold at rookie minicamp, which will be held May 15-17.
I had a chance to catch up with one of the ten known players who will be present in the Big Easy that weekend. Huntingdon wide receiver Taylor Belsterling was kind of enough to take the time and answer a few questions for Who Dat Dish.
First off, we’d like to congratulate Taylor on his invite to Saints’ rookie minicamp. He’ll also being spending time with the New York Giants at their camp May 8-10.
WDD: Can you describe the feeling when you found out the New Orleans Saints wanted to try you out?
Taylor Belsterling: “It was a great feeling. After not getting drafted, it felt good to know I still have a chance to prove myself at the next level.”
WDD: What was your favorite moment at Huntingdon?
TB: “My favorite moment at Huntingdon was catching the game-winning touchdown against Louisiana College after driving 99 yards down the field in the rain.”
WDD: Are you excited to be taking reps with future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Drew Brees?
TB: “I’ve always been a fan of Drew Brees. I am very excited about catching passes and working with him.”
WDD: Lastly, is there anything you hope to do while you’re in New Orleans?
TB: “I’ve been there once before, and I love the food and people, so I’m looking forward to that as well.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Huntingdon College, it is a Division III school located in Montgomery, Alabama in affiliation with the United Methodist Church.
As a junior, Taylor Belsterling earned nine starts, leading the Hawks with 38 receptions for 699 yards and finishing second on the team with six touchdowns.
He was forced to miss his senior year due to ineligibility as a result of too many semesters in school. According to the Montgomery Adviser, Huntingdon applied for a waiver for Belsterling to be reinstated, but it was denied.
However, that didn’t keep him from giving up on football. He remained focused and connected with Huntingdon, preparing himself for the NFL. He continued to strengthen up and train with the Hawks’ players and coaching staff.
Now, the 6-foot-5, 204 pound monster of a target has the opportunity to prove himself capable of handling life at the next level. We all know Drew Brees loves his big guys, so it will be fun to see what the Division III product has to offer for the New Orleans Saints and their high-powered offense.
After the Saints passed on a wideout during the draft, Taylor Belsterling’s got a shot, so from all of us here at Who Dat Dish, we’d like to wish him the best of luck.
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