The undrafted rookies with the best chance to make the Saints in 2024

The New Orleans Saints have quite a few undrafted rookies fighting for a spot on the roster. While they all can’t make the team, here are a few that could.
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In recent years, the New Orleans Saints have been a premier destination for undrafted free agents. They have added players such as Rashid Shaheed, Deonte Harty, Juwan Johnson, and Carl Granderson. New Orleans has displayed an impressive ability to find diamonds in the rough.

That could stay true with this year’s undrafted rookies. It is important to note that all of the undrafted rookies have a shot to make the team, but that’s extremely unlikely. So let’s take a look at three undrafted rookies with the best shot to make the team.

3 undrafted rookies to watch for the Saints

Dallin Holker

The player with the best chance to make the team is Dallin Holker, the tight end out of Colorado State. Many Saints fans are ecstatic about the addition of Dallin Holker, which is warranted. Last year, Holker tallied 766 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He is incredibly versatile and could be used as a chess piece in Klint Kubiak’s offense. Holker has made some incredible catches which is why a lot of Saints fans think he could flourish in the NFL. Holker has a real shot to make the roster and could prove to be a solid player in the league.

Jermaine Jackson

Another player with a great shot to make the team is wide receiver Jermaine Jackson. When looking at Jackson’s profile, you don’t see all too much. He is only 5-foot-7, 170 pounds and caught just 48 passes for 593 yards in his final collegiate season. However, It is what Jackson can do on special teams that makes him a player who could make the roster.

With the new kickoff rules, Jackson could compliment Rashid Shaheed well for returning kicks and punts. In 2023, Jackson had two punts returned for touchdowns. The Saints love picking up returners in undrafted free agency as they have signed Deonte Harty and Rashid Shaheed, both having made All-Pro teams. Jackson has the ability to follow in their footsteps next year.

Isaiah Stalbird

The final player who has a solid shot to make the roster is Isaiah Stalbird, the linebacker from South Dakota State. Stalbird was formerly a safety but has since been converted to a linebacker. Players like this have been gaining more and more traction in the NFL as teams want more speed on the field. Stalbird has also been making a name for himself while in OTA’s. Although the Saints have built depth at the linebacker position with the additions of Willie Gay, Jaylan Ford, and Khaleke Hudson, it isn’t unlikely that they keep Stalbird, even if it’s just on the practice squad until he develops.