According to NOLA.com, two additional rookies have been added to the New Orleans Saints unofficial minicamp invites list. Hawaii quarterback Taylor Graham and Miles College cornerback Travis Lee will look to showcase their talents down on the bayou this weekend.
The initial list consisted of nine invites, but the more the merrier, right? This brings the total to 33 new guys who will be present for rookie workouts.
Graham appeared in just eight games for Hawaii over the past two seasons, starting the first three contests in 2013 and just one in 2014. With Garrett Grayson, Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown in the mix behind Drew Brees, we shouldn’t here much from Taylor Graham after this weekend.
Travis Lee, on the other hand, boats great size, speed and athleticism – an ideal combination for an NFL cornerback. He may be from a small school, but that means nothing, as the league is filled with talent from smaller schools.
Lee finished 2014 with 30 tackles, six interceptions and seven pass breakups, taking part in the Medal of Honor Bowl and Gridiron Classic following his senior campaign.
He spoke to New Era Scouting about his style of play, mentioning his love for press coverage, as well as the way he baits opposing quarterbacks.
"“I like to use the bait word. I like to bait the quarterback. I like to play possum with them. I like to make them think that I’m playing a different coverage, to disguise my coverage. They know that I’m more of a physical corner. I’d rather be physical. I’d rather get my hands on a receiver and disrupt his timing with his quarterback. I’ll walk down sometimes in cover three making it seem like I’m in man or I’m up in press and I’ll bail just trying to mess with the quarterback. I like to think of it like Tom and Jerry. You can never catch the mouse, but you always know where the mouse is. I like to use my knowledge to bait the quarterback.”"
The New Orleans Saints could without question use some physicality in the secondary. Drafting Florida State CB P.J. Williams and Georgia CB Damian Swann expressed their urgency in the toughness department.
Lee seems to be the same kind of cornerback. However, his journey will be much more difficult. Invites are usually a long shot to make the final roster, but a solid performance at minicamp could punch his ticket to West Virginia when the Black and Gold travel to the Greenbrier July 29 for training camp for the second-straight year.
Unofficial list of minicamp invites:
Sam Wren, DE, Oklahoma State
Justin Anderson, LB, UL-Lafayette
Charles Lovett, WR, Colorado State
Rob Hollomon, RB, Central Connecticut State
Adam Keller, K, North Dakota
Adam Redden, S, Buffalo
Corey Cooper, S, Nebraska
Steve Edmond, LB, Texas
Taylor Belsterling, WR, Huntingdon College (we spoke to Taylor about his invite)
Taylor Graham, QB, Hawaii
Travis Lee, CB, Miles College
New Orleans Saints rookie minicamp will run May 15-17.
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