April 29, 2004

2004 Undrafted Rookie Signees

The Saints are expected to bring in no more than 10 new players to minicamp the weekend after the Draft.

All rookies, including those that will be officially announced in the next day or two, will report to minicamp this weekend. The Saints will officially announce their signings this week. New Orleans Pro Football.com has learned the following about undrafted free agents:

-Salisbury State tight end Kyle Acker

6'3 - 244 - 4.80 40

A fourth year senior from Annapolis, Maryland who played in an option-style offense that de-emphasized the tight end position. When given his chance he appeared to be fluid in moving and receiving. Athletic but under-used and not noticed because of his lack of productivity. Rated the #18 tight end by Allproscouting.com. From Allproscouting.com's Draft Buzz:

TE Kyle Acker out of Division III Salisbury State in Maryland enters the draft process as one of the country's best kept secrets at his position. The 6'3", 253-pounder from Annapolis started his collegiate career at Averett College as a FB before transferring to Salisbury in 2002 where he caught 11 balls for 170 yards and four touchdowns as a TE. This spring, Acker tested well for scouts running a 4.72 and a 4.80 , benched 320-pounds, and squatted 455-pounds. Acker is also an accomplished blocker, as Salisbury's offensive attack is run-oriented. He's got extremely long arms(almost 35"), and big hands(10 1/4") which makes him an even more intriguing prospect as both a blocker and a receiver. Acker is certainly a player to monitor this coming season, as he has caught my eye and the eye of some NFL clubs.



-Stephen F. Austin free safety Brent Hafford

5'11 - 188 - 4.45 40

Speedy defensive back from Jasper, Texas. Had five interceptions as a senior and was named the Southland Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All I-AA team. Led his team with 113 tackles as a junior and as a senior collected 102 tackles and forced five fumbles. Rated the #8 strong safety by Allproscouting.com.



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-Boston College guard Augie Hoffman

6'2 - 307 - 5.53 40

Played guard and tackle for Boston College. Like most Boston College lineman is a hard working, overachieving, high intensity player. Solid technique, but limited potential.

-Penn State offensive guard Chris McKelvy

6'4 - 330

Three year starter for the Nittany Lions also played guard and tackle and has experience long-snapping. Worked his way into Joe Paterno's doghouse with weight issues and struggled as a senior while being benched for disciplinary issues.

-Southwest Missouri State fullback Nate Schurman

6'2 - 247

The second rookie free agent fullback the Saints have recently pulled from SW Mizzou, previously Demetrious Smith in 2002. Schurman took over for Smith at fullback after playing at tight end for the first half of his collegiate career. Another one-dimension blocking back with little impact as a ball handler.

-Mississippi State kicker Brent Smith

5'10 - 208 - 4.87 40

Smith walked onto the Bulldog football team as a junior. In 2002 Smith booted a 53-yard field goal against LSU, which was the second longest in school history. In 2003 Smith scored 107 points on 24-of-30 field goals and completed all 35 extra-points. Smith is a phenomenal kickoff specialist as well. During his career he averaged 70.8 yards on his kickoffs with a 4.03 second hang-time.

-Arkansas quarterback Ryan Sorahan

6'4 - 240

Originally signed with California but stopped at San Jose State and Foothill Community College in California before eventually landing as a three-year reserve at Arkansas. Will serve as a training camp arm for the Saints with little chance of sticking around except on the practice squad. Saw limited action as a reserve his senior season behind starter Matt Jones.


Notes:

The Saints pursued the following undrafted players but were unable to sign them:

Syracuse FB Darryl Kennedy who opted to sign with the Steelers
Oregon QB Jason Fife who signed with Detroit
Augustana S Ben Nauman who signed with Minnesota
Tennessee G Anthony Herrera who signed with Minnesota.

In-State Undrafted Rookie Signings:
Grambling WR Tramon Douglas - Tennessee
Louisiana College G Matt Miller - Kansas City
La. Tech LB Antonio Crow - Indianapolis
La. Tech DE LaCorey Street - Jacksonville
Louisiana-Lafayette S Wendell Williams - Cincinnati
Louisiana-Monroe LB Maurice Sonnier - Tennessee
LSU LB Eric Alexander - New England
LSU TE Eric Edwards - Arizona
LSU CB Randall Gay - New England
LSU S Jack Hunt - Tampa Bay
LSU S Adrian Mayes - Arizona
LSU T Rodney Reed - Atlanta
McNeese State RB Vick King - Tennessee
McNeese State FB Luke Lawton - Buffalo
McNeese State LB Roderick Royal - Atlanta
Southern WR Chris Davis - NY Giants
Tulane WR Nick Narcisse - St. Louis

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