7 New Orleans Saints UDFAs who could make a splash this summer

Leigh Oleszczak
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The New Orleans Saints signed some key names in undrafted free agency and there are seven, in particular, who fans should keep a watchful eye on this summer. 

Undrafted free agents, or UDFAs for short, have a more difficult time making it onto an NFL roster but it’s certainly not impossible. The Saints have been a team who have gotten quite a lot out of their UDFAs, especially in recent years.

Marquez Callaway led the team in receiving yards last year and he went undrafted in 2020. Malcolm Roach and Carl Granderson were both promising defensive pieces entering the 2021 season and both went undrafted as well. Deonte Harty is another key player who went undrafted and has made a name for himself in the Big Easy.

That’s why discussing these seven UDFAs and there being a possibility to make the most of their opportunities in New Orleans isn’t as farfetched as it might be with other teams.

Let’s check out these seven options and discuss just why they might be able to stick on the Saints roster and become solid contributors to this team.

7. Lewis Kidd, OL (Montana State)

Okay, so Montana State isn’t exactly an NFL factory but if the Saints are looking to add versatility to their offensive line, Lewis Kidd is a good option for them.

According to Kidd’s profile on Montana State football’s official website, Kidd…

"Moved from guard to tackle and anchored MSU’s offensive line… earned consensus All-America honors by earning first team kudos from AFCA, Stats Perform, AP and Walter Camp, and second team mention from HERO Sports… First Team All-Big Sky… finished his career with 48 consecutive starts, third-most in school history… paved the way for 11 100-yrd rushing games in 2021 and 32 individual 100-yard rushing games in his career… played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl."

Yes, the NFL is a whole different animal than the competition Kidd faced at Montana State but it’s not as though he’d be an immediate starting option. The Saints could stash Kidd on the practice squad and use him as an emergency swing option should injuries take over on the starting o-line.

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