The New Orleans Saints are signing LB Travis Feeney off of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad, according to The Advocate’s Nick Underhill. The 6th round draft pick is a rangy LB with elite speed.
The Saints are signing Travis Feeney off Pittsburgh’s practice squad, per source— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) December 9, 2016
Feeney was described as a “late round sleeper” as an edge rusher by Mark Dulgerian in his 2016 Draft Profile. The 6’4, 230 lb. Feeney posted a 4.5 40 yard dash time, a 40 inch vertical and 130 inch broad jump. He had a 5th-6th round grade per CBS Sports.
He is a very thin framed linebacker who doesn’t have a lot of “bulk” up potential to combine power with his impressive speed, but he is a player that has the potential to be a solid pass rusher and coverage LB. Ideal special teamer.
He recorded 8 sacks, 56 tackles and 3 forced fumbles during his senior year with the Washington Huskies. This was the season he replaced current Saints LB Hau'oil Kikaha earned second-team All-Pac-12 notice. Washington also lined him up outside in coverage regularly, causing a slight production dip in overall tackles. Players such as the above listed Kikaha, Danny Shelton and John Timu also were present to soak up some of the Huskies’ defensive production.
Has had an issue with shoulder injuries during his collegiate years (four surgeries total), which is believed to have hampered his draft stock, but he played at least 12 games every year for the Huskies.