It's undrafted free agent time, with the New Orleans Saints and others hoping to find diamonds in the rough. Here are five times the Saints did just that.
Now that the 2023 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror, the New Orleans Saints and franchises from sea to shining sea are feverishly contacting players whose names were not called during the Draft with offers to keep their NFL dreams alive. Players that go undrafted enter their respective training camps with chips on their shoulders, and end up being some of the hardest working players in the entire league. Every team hopes they can strike gold when mining this field, and the Saints are no different.
In that spirit, here are our picks for the top five undrafted free agents in the history of the Saints.
Number five undrafted free agent in Saints history: Chris Ivory - Running back (2010)
You'd be forgiven if you forgot that Chris Ivory is a former 1,000 yard rusher. Granted, that came with the New York Jets and not the Saints, but still. Pretty zany.
Ivory may never have gotten that chance if the Saints hadn't taken a chance on the former Washington State Cougar in 2010. Ivory joined a backfield that also featured Pierre Thomas (spoiler alert: more on him to come), Mark Ingram, and Darren Sproles.
That horse stable of a backfield helped power arguably the greatest Saints team in history during the 2011 season, even if it didn't end in a Super Bowl title, and Ivory was a cog in that wheel. He is deserving of a spot in our top five.