These two guys should have been drafted. Nevertheless, the Saints plucked them out, right after the draft was over.
Presumably, both of these players expected to hear their names called at some point. WR Travin Dural was projected anywhere from the 4th-6th round. Also, Cameron Tom from Southern Miss. was projected to go about the 5th or 6th round. Furthermore, Tom was named in the top five players by nfldraftscout.com for the center position. Regardless, they are now a part of the Black and Gold.
Dural is 6-foot-2 and 203 lbs. to be exact. The numbers were not exactly mind blowing at LSU, when he played over the course of his four years. However, the Tigers did have a hard time with quarterbacks during his tenure. Moreover, LSU had a guy named Leonard Fournette you may have heard of. Dural can fly though. He was a track star in high school winning the state title in the 200-meter final.
Conversely, Dural could use some improvement on his route running with a few drops over the middle of the field. That being said, his speed will be a sure asset. He’s also average blocker that could improve with the right coaching. In summary, Dural could be a great threat to be a third receiver eventually.
Cameron Tom is also a guy that could have easily been drafted. He is undersized at only 6-foot-3 and weighing 291 lbs. As a result, the Saints got a huge discount here. Tom can always add some weight this season. Ironically, he’s the guy that’s originally from Baton Rouge.
Tom wasn’t heavily recruited at high school, but he helped Southern Miss with back to back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016. Furthermore, he played in 49 games without missing a game due to injury. That is the type of thing the Saints love to hear. Cameron Tom is also very smart earning a spot on the academic honor roll every year for Conference USA.
He’s very fast and mobile. Tom can move to the second level of blockers rather quickly. Most importantly, his snaps are always on target with the right speed. He’ll need to adjust to a different offense. At Southern Miss, the offense was high octane shotgun passes that came out of the quarterback’s hands quickly. Tom will need to be able to show that he can lock on as a blocker. All things considered, Tom has a high ceiling and can develop into an interesting prospect.
Both of these players, in my opinion, have the best chances coming into the camp of undrafted free agents.