New Orleans Saints land some of the top UDFAs, says Pro Football Focus


According to Pro Football Focus, the New Orleans Saints nabbed three of the top 15 undrafted rookie free agents after the NFL Draft.

The team was able to land some 19 rookies, which allowed them to bolster areas of need at offensive line and the secondary. An estimated 92 players are on the New Orleans Saints roster right now.

Here’s Pro Football Focus’ assessment:

"3. De’Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M: New Orleans SaintsFor whatever reasons, De’Vante Harrisn never had any draft stock throughout the entire process, but his tape is pretty special and we had him ranked at No. 69 on our draft board. We talked about him at length on the podcast, but the bottom line is he has some of the slickest movement skills and break on the ball of anybody in this draft class. He allowed just 275 receiving yards and one touchdown this past season and even impressed the year before against Amari Cooper. He doesn’t fit the ideal size profile the NFL covets, and he uses an unusual technique in his coverage, but if a team embraces that and just lets him play, he could be a steal for the Saints in the secondary.9. Jack Allen, C, Michigan State: New Orleans SaintsOne of the highest graded centers over the past two seasons of PFF grading, Allen plays with leverage as well as any center in this class, and an otherwise fine season was undone by one ugly game against Rutgers. Allen allowed 14 total pressures over the season and four of them came in that game. He has two consistent seasons of positive run grading but is a little undersized, struggling to top 300 pounds. He is an interesting project for an NFL strength program, but he has the ability to be a solid player if he can stand up physically to the highest level of athlete.13. Landon Turner, G, UNC: New Orleans SaintsA powerful guard most naturally suited to a power/man blocking scheme at the NFL level, Landon Turner had the seventh-best run blocking grade in the class and had the eighth-highest overall grade. The Saints are one of the more balanced blocking teams in the league, straddling both man and zone blocking concepts, so it remains to be seen how Turner can develop in that system when asked to play more on the move, but he has the raw strength to move people."

There’s little to no question that these three players, as well as the other rookies, have a legitimate shot at cracking the final 53-man roster for the Saints. The team has a successful track history with undrafted free agents, and this year should not be any different. On a side note, Pro Football Focus said the Carolina Panthers landed the top two undrafted rookies with safety Jeremy Cash (Duke) and wide receiver Keyarris Garrett (Tulsa)