While the focus is on the NFL Draft a few weeks from today, the Saints will also be looking for some undrafted free agents in 2017. In 2016, there were a few that made an impact and made the active roster.
The NFL Draft will be come soon enough. In addition, the New Orleans Saints will be scouring the countless number of undrafted free agents to bring into training camp. Cornerback Ken Crawley was one of a few free agents that made the active roster. Tommy Lee Miller and De’Vante Harris was also part of that group. This article on Crawley explained his journey a year ago. He eventually did land a spot on the 53 man roster.
Crawley’s results on the field was mixed as the injuries piled up for the Saints. Regardless, he did end up starting five games for the Black and Gold. Ken Crawley was just one of the players that came from nowhere to the NFL.
Both Harris and Crawley made the active roster, although neither one was drafted. De’Vante Harris didn’t see as much action as Crawley. However, just making the roster is an accomplishment.
Presumably, there will be more players this year that make the active roster again this year. After seeing the abundance of talent myself on Pro Days there’s opportunities. Especially the smaller universities, there will be chances for players like linebacker Curtis Alexander and Safety Jake Bryant from Florida A&M.
The fact is, that there have been success stories in the NFL. Many of players weren’t taken on draft day. Here’s just a short list of players from NFL.com of the top 30. John Randle, Willie Brown, and Kurt Warner was on that list. Surely, there’s plenty of more players that made impacts in specific roles.
One of the best return man for the New Orleans Saints was Michael Lewis. He was the ultimate BEER MAN that always delivered. So get ready for the draft. Just know that the start of the journey begins in May and June.