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:
FB Issa Banna, Northwestern State
Classic small-school blocking fullback the Saints like to sign for training camp use only. Also did the shotput. John Murphy of Next Level Scouting at Banna's March 18 Pro Day workout: "Senior fullback ISSA BANNA ran between 4.92 and 5.00 in the 40... 4.33 short shuttle... 7.35 three-cone... 34.5" vertical... 8'9" broad jump and also did 21 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 5107, 234 pounds... has improved his straight-line speed some since last spring... but is a better athlete than his (lack of ) straight-line speed would indicate... won't be offered much of a chance to see the ball at the professional level... has some ability as a lead blocker... "
WR Scott Beveridge, Peru State
Two-time All American and All-Academic NAIA and dominated at miniscule Peru State in Nebraska. Played kicker, kick returner and receiver for the Bobcats. A real hidden prospect. With 207 catches, he had 34 touchdowns for 3219 yards. That's over 15 yards a catch and one touchdown every six catches.
CB Matt Clark, UCLA
Did not run well this offseason after a good career include All-Pac-10 honors. Two year starter for the Bruins.
RB Colt Colletti, Nicholls State
Over 2000 career collegiate yards and a great offseason. John Murphy of Next Level Scouting: "Senior running back COLT COLLETTI posted some of the best workout numbers in his limited Pro Day opportunities... ran at or below 4.50 both times along with 33 reps of 225 pounds... has a great attitude and approach to the game... might be able to perform along the lines of former small school standout Keith Elias, who spent time successfully in the NFL with Indianapolis and NY Giants." John Murphy from Colletti's March 18 Pro Day: "Senior running back COLT COLLETTI ran between 4.46 and 4.48 in the 40... 6.90 three-cone... 39.5" vertical... also did 33 reps of 225 pounds, which is the most recorded/reported by any running back to date... weighs in at 5092, 215 pounds... three teams were in attendance for his workout, Dallas, Green Bay and New Orleans." John Murphy at Colletti's March 8 Pro Day workout: "Senior running back/fullback COLT COLLETTI ran between 4.50 and 4.55 in the 40... he weighed in at 5096, 213 pounds... averaged 6.0 yards per carry, as a senior, gaining 546 yards on just 91 carries, including six touchdowns... he also averaged 4.5 yards per carry, as a junior... played mostly fullback and wingback, while playing in an option-style offensive scheme in college... was a standout high school running back who never really saw as much time with the ball in his hands, since he had to share the backfield with several other players, including a mobile quarterback for most of his college career... very well-built for his size... terrific motor and willingness to be a team player... capable of showing better hands out of the backfield than advertised... more of a straight-line speed runner, but will lower his shoulder and can gain extra yardage after contact... would shows the type of attitude and demeanor to contribute on special teams..."
WR Tramissian Davis, Louisiana Tech
For such a small guy, 16 reps of 225 is outstanding. More quick than fast and a 38.5" vertical never hurt. Played in a wide-open offense and never got more than 25 catches or three touchdowns in a single season.
CB Dwight Ellick, Notre Dame
Experienced but undersized cornerback. Next Level's John Murphy: "Senior defensive back DWIGHT ELLICK ran between 4.36 and 4.42 in the 40... 4.11 short shuttle... 6.92 three-cone... 36" vertical... 10'2" broad jump and also did 17 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 5103, 182 pounds... started most of the past two seasons at right corner, but failed to show the timed speed he ran at the Pro Day on a consistent basis... has good toughness for his size... more of a nickel/dime type guy if he can improve his technique..."
WR/DB Keron Henry, Connecticut
Former quarterback who was the Huskies' leading receiver may become a possession-type receiver or safety in the NFL. Not sure where the Saints intend on playing him. Good athlete and teammate of third-round pick Alfred Fincher. Next Level's John Murphy from his Pro Day workout: "Senior wide receiver KERON HENRY, a former quarterback, who ran between 4.55 and 4.62 in the 40 at his Pro Day (March 24th), has been getting evaluated for the most part by teams as a wide receiver... with Minnesota paying close attention to his progress... but there are a handful of teams that are looking at him as more of an athlete with the potential to see some time on defense, as a safety." John Murphy from his March 24 Pro Day workout: "Senior wide receiver KERON HENRY ran between 4.56 and 4.60 in the 40... 4.32 short shuttle... 7.48 three-cone... 34.5" vertical... 9'11" broad jump... weighed in at 6013, 218 pounds... a former quarterback who has shown good potential to become a possession-type receiver in the NFL... good strength... should also do well as a blocker and on special teams... "
FB Keith Joseph, Texas A&M
Started for two seasons for the Aggies. Next Level's John Murphy: "Senior fullback KEITH JOSEPH ran between 4.65 and 4.67 in the 40... also did 29 reps of 225 pounds... he weighed in at 6021, 250 pounds. "
G Ikechuku Ndukwe, Northwestern
Two year starter with a few injuries early in his career. Very big and best in a power running game. The Saints always grab a few run-focused guards in the undrafted market each year.
LS Louis-Phillip Ladouceur, Cal
Teams also have an emergency backup option at long snapper. Kevin Houser is the Saints' long-snapper for years to come.
LB Russell Rabe, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Pronounced Rob-ee. Earned the nickname "Big Cat". Pursued by the Saints immediately after the draft ended. Collegiate DE will move to LB in the NFL. Had 8 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, an interception and a catch as a senior. Runs a 4.61-4.68 but plays faster, had an outstanding 36" vertical. Scouting report from John Murphy of Next Level: "there are several 3-4 teams that have been eyeing him as a possible pass rusher off the corner... played mostly DE in college, but has shown the footwork and athleticism to make the transition to OLB in the pros." John Murphy of Next Level reported from Rabe's Pro Day on March 8: "senior linebacker/defensive end RUSSELL RABE ran between 4.58 and 4.66 in the 40... 37.5" vertical... he is 6024, 235 pounds... a total of eight teams were in attendance, including Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, New England, NY Giants, Oakland and San Francisco... his results were done on a very average indoor surface, as he slipped a few times before changing shoes... he would become the school's first-ever linebacker to be drafted... but posting 45.5 career tackles for loss and 29 career sacks should help raise his awareness among scouts... he expects to be one of the busiest guys in April taking 5-7 private visits... scouts also mentioned that he could be a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 WLB." Rabe worked out again on March 18: "senior linebacker RUSSELL RABE ran between 4.62 and 4.64 in the 40... 4.20 short shuttle... 6.91 three-cone... 11.50 60-yard... 37.5" vertical... 10'0" broad jump... 19 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6025, 230 pounds... all results were recorded on a Tartan surface... they came during a private workout with Seattle... he did better in most areas except the broad jump (10'2") from his original Pro Day... has drawn a lot of interest, especially from 3-4 teams, as he was a college DE, but will move to OLB in the pros... shows impressive quickness off the ball and natural pass rushing skills... don't be surprised if you hear his name come off the board earlier than expected (fifth round) come draft day."
G Nick Steitz, Oregon
Tough, run-blocking blocker limited in pass defense.