According to sports writer Adam Caplan they were scoping out former Rice University tight end Vance McDonald on Monday.
Teams are still working out players this week: The Saints are working out TE Vance McDonald (Rice) today (second-round projection).— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 22, 2013
McDonald gained some ground after a good performance at the Senior Bowl and the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. At the Combine McDonald (6'4", 267 lbs.) ran a so-so 4.69 40-yard dash but was the top performer in the bench press with 31 reps of 225 lbs., broad jump (119 inches), 3-cone drill (7.08 sec.), and 20-yard shuttle (11.73 sec).
While at Rice, McDonald had 119 receptions for 1504 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 12.6 yards per catch. He was known to be a proficient route runner and very quick and fluid in transition despite his big frame. The only knock by scouts is that his blocking could use work and he has a tendency to drop easy catches on occasion.
While Caplan shows McDonald as having a second round projection, some others have him more as a third round selection. The question will be if McDonald is there for the Saints' sole third round pick, will they draft him or stick with a defensive player?