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

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4. Rashid Shaheed, WR/KR (Weber State)

As mentioned on Dai’Jean Dixon’s section, any Saints UDFA who plays wide receiver has a good chance to crack the 53-man roster, or at the very least, the practice squad. Rashid Shaheed of Weber State falls into that category but what he also has going in his favor is his ability to make an impact as a return specialist.

That was where Shaheed did most of his damage at Weber State, totaling 640 yards on kick returns while taking it to the house on two separate occasions.

Deonte Harty is the Saints’ prime return man but Shaheed would give them another solid option in that department. If he makes a splash this summer returning kicks and/or punts, he might be able to work his way onto the 53-man roster.

3. Joel Dublanko, LB (Cincinnati)

Hey, another team captain! We know how much the Saints love adding team captains to their squad and Joel Dublanko served as one during his time in Cincinnati.

Dublanko’s numbers pop off the page, as the Bearcat linebacker racked up a whopping 113 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks in a historic season for Cincinnati football that saw them reach the College Football Playoff.

New Orleans isn’t hurting at linebacker but Dublanko could find his way onto the team as a special teams piece if for nothing other than his tackling abilities. Watch out for this kid.