Hey, everybody. Dunz here again, and I’m still grading the New Orleans Saints’ 2017 NFL Draft.
Here’s a tracker of all the undrafted free agent signings.
Make sure you check back for the final draft “report card” recapping all of the grades and assigning an overall grade to all of the Saints draft results. Here are links to previous grades:
It’s going to be too difficult to analyze every single one of the Saints undrafted free agents, so let me just highlight a couple...
Dural should be a familiar name for a lot of Saints fans as he’s a product of the Louisiana State University. Dural was the victim of recurring injuries and a anemic passing game at LSU, limiting his production.
At 6’1 with decent speed and strength, Dural has the potential to develop into an NFL starter, but could make an impact on special teams almost immediately.
It’s not a sexy signing by any means, but the Saints were able to bring in another long-snapper into the fold after choosing to not re-sign Justin Drescher this offseason.
Dominguez was the long-snapper for Utah for three years, and actually has a chance to break camp on the active roster with a success training camp. Players like long-snappers typically are in no-win situations: those who are best at their job go unnoticed and unpraised; it’s only when a long-snapper is having issues do you remember their name.
One year from now, we still might not be able to remember Dominguez by name, but he could be just as important UDFA as any the Saints sign this offseason.
One name the Saints were hoping to get as an UDFA was Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly, but the Denver Broncos snagged him with the last pick in the NFL Draft. If the Saints were indeed in on the Mississippi Quarterback, they should have considered drafted him with their last pick in the sixth round.
Overall grade for UDFAs: C+