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New Orleans Saints Postseason Rookie Run-Down

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After a disappointing regular season, we take a quick look at the 2014 rookie class for the New Orleans Saints. Unlike the 2013 edition, this group did not have the same impact as a whole.

Rookie S Pierre Warren (42) attempts a tackle
Rookie S Pierre Warren (42) attempts a tackle
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What's happening Who Dats! Welcome to the end of year Rookie Run-Down. After a roller coaster ride of a season, the 2014 New Orleans Saints finished with a sub-par 7-9 record and a 3rd place division finish, only besting the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the midst of the mediocrity, the Saints provided a great deal of playing time to their rookie class and the results were less than favorable. Here we will take a quick snapshot of the few rookies who remain on the roster.

Active Roster:

Brandon Coleman, WR, UDFA - Did not appear in any regular season games. Coleman appeared to have the physical tools to become the heir apparent for the aging Marques Colston, but showed inconsistent hands and a penchant for mental errors during preseason. A big target, Coleman could emerge from the scrap heap in 2015, but this past season must be considered an academic red-shirt.

Brian Dixon, CB, UDFA - Dixon was active for and appeared in all 16 games during the regular season. As was the case for the entire Saints secondary who entered the season as the #2 pass defense, Dixon performed far below expectations. His coverage skills against some of the better receivers within the division appeared to be suspect and only flashed promise occasionally. Stats: 18 total tackles, 1 passes defended, 1 forced fumble

Kasim Edebali, OLB, UDFA - Edebali appeared in all 16 games for the Saints. He is a hustler between the whistles and even in limited playing time was very productive. His burst off the edge and relentless pursuit was one of the bright spots for the front seven. Edebali is probably locked in as a situation-based pass rusher, but has a future in that role as depth. Stats: 22 total tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, 2nd Round pick - SJB, where do I start? I promise not to roast these guys here because I strongly believe that the coaches were not up to par in preparing the team. So Stanley will get a mild head-combing. He appeared in 4 regular season games and was downright terrible. Lost in coverage and too raw to realistically expect more. He didn't record a single stat in 4 games in 2014.

Ronald Powell, OLB, 5th Round pick - I was actually impressed with Powell in his limited playing time. On special teams he was active and brought attention to himself by being near the ball. On defense, he looked very good against the run and showed versatility in coverage. I'm not crowning him the next great Saints linebacker, but his potential is evident and a second season in the Saints system will elevate Powell to the top of the depth chart. Surprisingly, his stats don't reflect his effort. Stats: 2 total tackles

Jalen Saunders, WR, UDFA - Talk about making the most of a second chance. Saunders was quietly signed to the Saints roster with about 6 games left on the schedule and made quite a splash on special teams. Adding a spark to both the kick return and punt return units, Saunders used speed and shifty moves to add much needed yardage to many returns. His season highlight was 99 kickoff return against the Falcons that setup a short TD run for Mark Ingram while setting the Dome on fire! Stats: 1 rec, 7 yards; 3 KR, 139 yards; 9 PR, 99 yards

Lawrence Virgil, NT, UDFA - Virgil appeared in the season finale against Tampa Bay and accumulated 2 total tackles. With the youth movement in full swing on defense and the sketchy health of veteran Broderick Bunkley, Virgil could find a home spelling 2013 draft pick John Jenkins at the NT position. Stats: 2 total tackles

Pierre Warren, S, UDFA - Warren had a very up and down 2014 campaign. The reports from training camp were that Warren was a very good S and made many plays, but during the preseason games, he appeared to be a liability while fellow rookie Vinnie Sunseri looked great. Warren eventually settled on the practice squad and Sunseri made the active roster. After many injuries to the S position later in the season, Warren finally cracked the active roster and started the final 6 games. Stats: 30 tackles, 4 passes defended, 2 INTs, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Injured Reserve:

Brandin Cooks, WR, 1st Round pick - Hands down, Cooks is the real deal. He was as fast as advertised and those hands were like glue. In a season where many of the veteran WRs dropped routine passes, Cooks showed the vets how it was done and hauled in passes at a very high rate. While his contribution to the return game was minimal, he handled his primary job very well with great route running and knack for the sure-handed catch. Unfortunately Cooks season was cut short with an injury and we must wait until 2015 to see if he makes the leap to elite level WR. Stats: 53 rec, 550 yards, 3 TDs; 7 car, 73 yards, 1 TD

Vinnie Sunseri, S, 5th Round pick - Sunseri is blue collar all the way. He's not the flashy, big, fast guy that everyone notices. He's the hard-working student of the game who outplays the guys who have more physical gifts then him. What separates Sunseri from his peers is his instinct. Watching him play, you find him around the ball often and making plays for his team. Another good pick in the draft, Sunseri's season was also cut short. Stats: 5 total tackles

Ty Zimmerman, S, UDFA - Zimmerman did not see any regular season action, but did get limited playing time on the preseason. Unfortunately set at a very deep position for the Saints, Zimmerman still didn't make the active roster after injuries to safeties Jairus Byrd, Rafael Bush, and Vinnie Sunseri opened up playing time.

Practice Squad: Andrew Miller, G; Willie Snead, WR - Neither player saw regular season action.

Unlike the 2013 rookie class, this group failed to make a big splash but the two classes combined could be a glimpse into what the future holds for the black & gold. Let's hope that after a year in the league, the 2014 rookies will find their groove in 2015!

Thanks for reading and Be Cool Who Dats!