After patiently waiting without a selection in the fourth round, the New Orleans Saints were able to make a trade with the Washington Redskins to claim 120th overall. They used it to take Manitoba defensive lineman David Onyemata.
- Saints receive: 120th Overall (4th Round)
- Redskins receive: 152nd Overall (5th Round) and Saints 2017 5th Round Pick
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock called Onyemata a project, but the fact is that the team has had a look at him. At Manitoba’s Pro Day, defensive line coach Bill Johnson helped administer some drills, and had nothing but good things to say about Onyemata:
"“We tested him athletically on runs, jumps and then put him some football specific drills and thought he faired well and represented himself well,” explained Johnson. “He had a lot people here with a lot of eyes on him and I thought he did a good job of handling it and going right back-to-back. I thought he was in good condition. I think it is remarkable in what he has done in far of learning the game of football in four year period and I think he’s got a glimmer of hope to continue this process and just see where it takes him.”"
Onyemata was invited to the East-West Shrine Game, and clearly made an impression. He turned in 33 bench press reps, a 5.09 second 40-yard dash, and 10 foot broad jump at Pro Day on March 14.
Here’s a recap of the Saints picks in the 2016 NFL Draft:
- 1st – No. 12 (Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville)
- 2nd – No. 47 (Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State)
- 2nd – No. 61, from New England (Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State)
- 3rd – No. 78 (traded to New England), Joe Thuney, G, NC State
- 4th – No. 112 (traded to New England), Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
- 4th – No. 120, from Washington (David Onyemata, DT, Manitoba)
- 5th – No. 152 (traded to Washington), Matt Ioannidis, DT, Temple
- 6th – No. 187 (traded to Washington in 2015, Damian Swann)
- 7th – No. 237