April 23, 2002

Texas Tech's Ricky Williams Among Rookie Free Agents

Minutes after the end of the draft, all NFL teams are on the phones busily trying to convince undrafted rookies and their agents to sign with their teams. Teams generally announce the complete list of signings of their undrafted free agents later this week. There is no limit to the number of undrafted rookies a team can sign.

All Saints rookies, whether drafted or signed, are expected to be at the Saints' first minicamp this upcoming weekend.

NewOrleansProFootball.com has learned that these players have signed rookie free agent contracts with the New Orleans Saints:

Jonathan Adams, RB, Arkansas State - 5'11 - 219

Durable and bruising small-school back with average 4.55 speed. Ran for 1000 yards two years in a row despite being on a team that won three games in the past two seasons. One-dimensional player in that he has little experience as a receiver or pass blocker. Can cutback and while he doesn't have long-field speed he can get to the outside, at least against college competition. Physical project for the Saints that could make the team, but only if he can make a difference on special teams.

PJ Alexander, OL, Syracuse - 6'4 - 298

Versatile offensive lineman who may be able to play everything from left tackle. Played tackle at Syracuse but projects best as a guard or center. Like many lineman has weight issues and while he managed to keep it under control in college it's apparent that he could balloon up quickly. Plays best under 300 pounds. Isn't a wide framed player nor an exceptionally quick player. Moves around well and gets to linebackers. Was nicked up his senior year and didn't play well, but continued to play. Had terrible showings at the Senior Bowl, scouting combine and his personal workout. Was a top center prospect right after the college season ended and was considered a 3rd round pick. Plenty of potential but no realization of it yet.

Travis Carroll, LB, Florida - 6'4 - 240

A fifth-year senior dropped out of the draft after two injury-filled seasons. Spent most of his last season as a backup to Andra Davis, who went in the fifth round to Cleveland. Missed three games in 2000 with a knee injury and played in 2001 while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. In spot duty still picked off two passes and managed 51 tackles. Very tall, almost too tall for a linebacker because he doesn't get low enough to shed blockers and move laterally. Never started at Florida after transferring from Alabama after his sophomore year. As a sophomore in 1998 he started eight games with 76 tackles, 16 for a loss. Missed the 1999 season because of the redshirt transfer. Doesn't have a true position and with a 4.85 40 time may not be quick enough to play outside.

Frank Cutolo, WR, Eastern Illinois - 5'10 - 186

Productive small-college receiver who had over a 1000 yards receiving and a tremendous 19.4 yards per reception average.

Kevin House, CB, South Carolina - 5'10 - 177

Tiny, spindly receiver with some natural skills and great speed (4.37 in the 40). A runningback and receiver in high school. Didn't see much action at all as a senior.

Chonn Lacey, DB/WR, Temple - 6'1 - 215

"Can do it all," said one scout about Lacey, who has 4.55 speed and has the potential to play anywhere in the secondary or at receiver. Actually played outside linebacker at Temple, and the position he's closest to is strong safety. Could project to cornerback as well. Unfortunately he has little experience at any one spot and is a major project. Started 40 straight games at Temple with 299 tackles and 10 interceptions. His senior year he had 84 tackles, 4 interceptions, 10 passes defensed, and 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Played football and basketball in high school. Don't know where the Saints will play him yet, but if he makes the team would be a big special teams player.

Andrew LeClair, LB, North Dakota State - 6'5 - 244

Had 68 tackles including seven for a loss his senior season. Great size for a linebacker, and transferred away from Kansas after his junior year. Was the Jayhawk's leading tackler as a junior.

Derrick Lewis, WR, San Diego State - 6'2 - 185

A big-play receiver who average 20.6 yards per reception as a senior and 23.4 in his career. A New Orleans native. Hampered by a neck injury as a senior.

Jerry Montgomery, DT, Iowa - 6'3 - 300

Quickness player with good size. Was a solid prospect after his junior season but regressed a bit as a senior.

Jeff Reed, K, North Carolina - 5'11 - 215

Very solid kicking prospect and one of the top undrafted kickers. 12/16 in kicking field goals as a senior but had a much better junior season, which happened to be his first year as a kicker. The only extra point miss of his career came on a 35-yard attempt due to a penalty. Was 16/20 as a junior after never kicking in college before, including 30/30 extra points.

Demetrius Smith, FB, Southwest Missouri State - 6'2 - 255

Rushed for only 151 yards as a senior but collected a whopping 10 touchdowns and a 4.2 yards/carry average. Huge size for a fullback.

Ricky Williams, RB, Texas Tech - 5'7 - 190

Dropped out of the draft because of obvious concerns about his size but also about his knee. Williams torn the ACL and the meniscus in his left knee in the season opener of the 1999 season and tweaked it again before last season. He was at full strength in 2001 after being granted a medical redshirt in 1999, and led the nation's runningbacks in receptions with a whopping 92 for 617 yards and four touchdowns. He had another 52 catches in 2000. Despite the fact that he isn't as quick or speedy because of the knee injury, he still ran a 4.47 40 and lifted 225 pounds a whopping 19 times. Tremendous hands and deceptive running power. Would have been a first round pick despite the injury if he was of prototypical height. Another short but powerful runningback, Tennessee's Travis Stephens, went to Tampa Bay in the 4th round.

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