July 14, 2006

Seventh Round Pick Colston First Saint Draft Pick In; Last pick of 2006 draft class signs three-year deal

The last pick of the Saints' 2006 draft class is the first to sign his NFL contract. Colston received a three-year deal, typical for all players taken on the second day of the draft (rounds four through seven.)

Colston is viewed as a long term project with potential that has the coaching staff excited, especially receivers coach Curtis Johnson. The tall receiver from Hofstra was the 252nd overall pick in the draft, a compensatory selection awarded to the Saints.

The 6'4, 225 pound pass catcher has been working at wide reciever in camps so far but a move to tight end is possible, given Colston's size. The tallest wide receiver on the roster, Colston has a shot to make the team as a special teamer as a rookie. He would otherwise be a lock for the practice squad. As for pass receivers, only 6'7 tight end Nate Lawrie and 6'8 tight end Zach Hilton are taller receiving options.

The Saints may try to limit Colston's playing time in the preseason. Why? If they feel he isn't ready or they do not have room on the 53-man roster, the Saints want to hide Colston and keep him on the practice squad, where he could be plucked away by another team.

Mark and Michael Clouser negotiated Colston's contract, which is worth $1.1 million total.

Colston, a Harrisburg , PA native, is the first player ever selected by the Saints out of Hofstra. In the last 25 years, only three other players have been selected out of the Long Island, New York school.

Read NOPF's Scouting Report of Colston.

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