Report: Saints sign offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson

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Nov 8, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Baylor Bears defensive end Shawn Oakman (2) rushes against Oklahoma Sooners offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson (71) during the game at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Baylor Bears defensive end Shawn Oakman (2) rushes against Oklahoma Sooners offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson (71) during the game at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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At least one player has caught the attention of the New Orleans Saints from a three-day rookie minicamp. Offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson is being signed by the team, according to his agent Ken Sarnoff.

The news was announced on Sunday.

Thompson, who was a sixth-round pick by Minnesota Vikings in 2015, played both left and right tackle for the Oklahoma Sooners. Unfortunately, Thompson didn’t make final cuts with the Vikings. He suffered a concussion in preseason, which placed him on injured reserve.

Thompson eventually latched on with the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad and later the Detroit Lions practice squad. He was eventually released on May 5, 2016.

Thompson, who is listed at 6-foot-5, 324 pounds, made 29 starts at Oklahoma. In 2014, he was a first-team All-Big 12 selection after just allowing one sack. Thompson also played through a foot issue.

His NFL Draft Profile originally projected him as a Round 3 or 4 choice, comparing him to San Diego Chargers offensive lineman King Dunlap.

"Thompson has NFL size and flashes NFL potential, but he doesn’t play with the consistency or effort that NFL scouts want to see from him. There will be teams that drop his grade due to football character, but tackles that have traits and upside usually get drafted earlier than their draft grades call for."

The Saints just wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp, which featured some 44 player tryouts mixed with veteran players as well as rookie player camp invites. This may be the first of several moves as the team looks to solidify their 90-man roster.

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