April 26, 2010

Saints Sign 2010 Undrafted Free Agents

The Saints have announced the following undrafted free agent additions to the team.

The Saints have a long history of successful undrafted free agent additions, even rookies who arrive with improbable odds of making the roster.

Last year, Wisconsin LB Jonathan Casillas made the team despite the presence of veterans and a fourth round pick in LB Stanley Arnoux. Arnoux and Casillas will be competing this summer for the starting strongside linebacker position.

In 2008, LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar was a big contributor on special teams as an undrafted rookie. RB Lynell Hamilton and Garrett Hartley also would play as undrafted rookies in 2008. In 2007, Pierre Thomas was undrafted out of Illinois and made the team despite the presence of fourth round pick RB Antonio Pittman. In 2006, the Saints used undrafted rookie Steve Weatherford through their NFC Championship game run.

The initial 2010 undrafted free agent class could grow after the Saints' first minicamp May 6-9, as the Saints have invited numerous other undrafted rookies and street free agents to try out.

UNLV LB Jason Beauchamp - 6'3 - 244 - 4.89 40 - productive outside linebacker is a good athlete. Instincts aren't there - special teams only.

Norfolk State WR Chris Bell - 6'2, 211, 4.52 40 - character issues sunk this gifted wideout. Pulled a knife on a teammate and lost his Penn State scholarship. Quicker than fast, never got to a high level of competition.

Michigan RB Carlos Brown - 5'11, 209, 4.55 40 - versatile, shifty runner with average speed and a lengthy injury history. Fights hard with good intangibles.

Texas Tech G Brandon Carter - 6'6, 329, 5.38 40 - titanic, plodding offensive lineman with fiery-personality, lost his team captain title as a senior, hard knocks story. Aaron Kromer has his work cut out for him focusing Carter, but his frame has a place in the NFL.

LSU S/LB Harry Coleman - 6'1, 211, 4.61 40 - productive, high-character tweener between LB and SS. Could be a great on special teamer.

Mississippi State RB Christian Ducré - 5'10, 225, 4.65 40 - career second fiddle to Anthony Dixon, a sixth round pick of the 49ers. Rarely used as a ball carrier, Ducre blocked and was a limited power back. Hard working power back.

Stillman DE Junior Galette - 6'2, 257, 4.83 40 - academic and off-field problems busted Galette out of Temple and ended up at Stillman, better athlete than football player, not a great reputation.

TCU long snapper Clint Gresham - 6'2, 245, 4.8 40 - one of best long snappers of the 2010 draft class. Potential medical red flag with shoulder problem.

Vanderbilt S Ryan Hamilton - 6'2, 210, 4.65 40 - productive team captain was lost for his season season against LSU with a torn pectoral muscle. Special teams potential.

Tiffin RB Chris Ivory - 5'11, 225, 4.47 40 - booted from Washington State, played for Tiffin University and ran well for five games before a season-ending injury.

East Carolina DT Jay Ross - 6'3, 313, 5.13 40 - academic, knee, ankle, hip problems limited college potential. Fought through pain to play all games in 2008 and 2009. Not strong against the run, a quicker inside tackle gives good effort.

Texas Tech LB/DE Brandon Sharpe - 6'1, 252, 4.8 40 - hybrid tweener played only one real season but it was a big one - 13 sacks in 8 games. Big long arms but just didn't create enough film to get drafted. Great sleeper potential as a situational pass rusher.

Indiana (Pa.) G Joe Tonga - 6'5, 299 - big collegiate right tackle who went juco route to Florida State and was supposed to be a world-beater, but barely played and didn't fit in, ended up transferring at UIP playing for Lou Tepper. Might be a headcase, had a drunken disorderly arrest in 2009 and was suspended for the opener.

Jackson State CB Marcell Young - 6'2, 200, 4.38 40 - In three seasons as a starter at Hinds CC and Jackson State, found two interceptions. 19 tackles in 9 games as a senior. Didn't return kicks.

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