The 2016 NFL Draft is complete and the New Orleans Saints are already hard at working trying to land a few coveted undrafted free agents. NFL teams start trying to sign these UDFAs the second the draft ends, although the moves won't officially be announced for a few days.
While most UDFAs end up being little more than camp bodies, there are players that make the 53-man roster each season. The UDFAs all went undrafted for reason, but they all have the potential to make it in the NFL in some role. Sometimes, teams strike gold with an Arian Foster or Tony Romo.
These signings are all just reports at the moment, as the Saints haven't officially announced the moves, so we've linked the source for each report next to the player's name. We have every player the Saints have signed below. We've also included a brief write-up about the more notable additions.
Jack Allen, OL, Michigan State (Michigan State Football)
Michael Caputo, S, Wisconsin (Aaron Wilson)
Joseph Cheek, OL, Texas A&M (High School)
Ken Crawley, DB, Colorado (Player Twitter)
Jared Dangerfield, WR, Western Kentucky (Player Twitter)
Trae Elston, CB, Ole Miss (Coach)
De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M (Player Twitter)
Marcus Henry, C, Boise State (NOLA.com)
Sione Houma, FB, Michigan (Michigan Football)
Royce LaFrance, DE, Tulane (Player Twitter)
Dillon Lee, LB, Alabama (Player Twitter)
Tommylee Lewis, WR, Northern Illinois (Report)
Mitchell Loewen, DL, Arkansas (Agent)
Rkyer Matthews, OT, BYU (Player Twitter)
DJ Pettway, DL, Alabama (Player Twitter)
Jeff Schoettmer, S, UNC (Agent)
Dominique Tovell, LB, UL-Lafayette (Coach)
Landon Turner, OG, UNC (Player Twitter)
Jordan Williams, WR, Ball State (Player Twitter)
Avery Young, OL, Auburn (SEC Country)
It's a big UDFA class for the Saints. That helps, as the team didn't have many draft picks. The Saints wisely added some solid players, including a few who could end up making the team. The Saints put together one of the most impressive groups of UDFAs this year.
We'll start with OL Jack Allen. He was great at MSU and I was very surprised he wasn't drafted. He can play guard or center and I wouldn't be surprised if he makes the team as a backup. Another great OL pick-up was Landon Turner. His draft stock tanked after it became clear he's painfully slow, but he's strong enough that he could end up making a roster.
Dangerfield and Lewis didn't play big-time ball at WKU and NIU, but both have some intriguing abilities. The Saints are a bit thin at WR, even with the selection of Michael Thomas. A practice squad spot for one or either is an option.
The Saints traded up for Von Bell this year, but added a solid safety after the draft. I like Caputo, who could develop into a decent backup and special teams contributor.Back to the New Orleans Saints Newsfeed