6. Jack Koerner, S (Iowa)
Before the signing of Tyrann Mathieu, Jack Koerner might have had a realistic shot of actually making the team and making some sort of an impact. Now, however, if he does, he’d probably be on special teams, but the practice squad is probably a more realistic landing spot for him.
Koerner had 88 tackles and two picks for the Hawkeyes during his 2021 campaign, indicating that he’s not only able to force takeaways but that he isn’t afraid to tackle either.
As is the case with pretty much all of the Saints’ draft picks, Koerner was a team captain at Iowa, so that’s another box to check off there. He might be able to be a fringe-roster player with a top-notch performance this summer.
5. Dai’Jean Dixon, WR (Nicholls State)
Pretty much any UDFA WR could make this list due to how short-handed the team is at the position. Chris Olave joining the team gives NOLA a better starting option at receiver but the team still needs depth.
Dai’Jean Dixon might have played for a smaller school but he packed a punch in the Colonels’ offense, totaling 1,002 yards and eight touchdowns off of 71 receptions. He had four games in which he went over the 100-yard mark and nearly went for 200 yards in a game against Louisiana.
With the success the Saints have had with UDFA WRs, Dixon absolutely has a shot to make it onto the roster and maybe even get some legitimate playing time.