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Fleur-de-Links, May 14: Saints reaping benefits of next-level intelligence testing

The Saints have found that the Wonderlic just isn’t enough.

METAIRIE, LA - New Orleans Saints rookie defensive back Natrell Jamerson (27) makes a catch during position drills at rookie minicamp practices in the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.
METAIRIE, LA - New Orleans Saints rookie defensive back Natrell Jamerson (27) makes a catch during position drills at rookie minicamp practices in the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.
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Word on the Street

A look at how Saints measure draft prospects' ability to process information and learn | theadvocate.com
If you’re a prospect hoping to break into the NFL and meet with the Saints ahead of the draft, chances are you’re going to end up staring into a computer

Marcus Davenport impresses Sean Payton at New Orleans Saints’ rookie camp | 247Sports.com
The first round draft pick made a good first impression.

Saints sign veteran tackle Michael Ola after minicamp tryout | themountaineer.com
The NFL allows teams to bring in five veterans to try out at rookie minicamps, and the New Orleans Saints have always taken full advantage and found veterans who ended up signing Sunday. At least one of this year's crop is already in the fold.

Herd's Yurachek seeks deal with New Orleans Saints | Sports | williamsondailynews.com
HUNTINGTON - All Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek wants is a shot to play in the NFL. If that shot is to come, Yurachek's best bet is to make it as a fullback or H-back, which is what teams have focused on him as over the past few weeks.

Saints vow not to overwork Alvin Kamara with Mark Ingram out | 247Sports.com
The Saints have the best backup in the NFL.

Boston Scott, Saints draft pick, remembers facing Marcus Davenport in college | NOLA.com
'He grabbed me by the jersey and brought me down,' Scott says.

Ohio State Urban Meyer sees Drew Brees in J.T. Barrett | 247Sports.com
Barrett and Brees both had landmark Big Ten careers.

Lagniappe

Matt Millen fights amyloidosis, may need heart transplant | SI.com
A football stalwart gamely battles a rare disease—a heart transplant looms as a possibility—with an attitude of acceptance on acreage in rural Pennsylvania. Other sections include a look back at the late Chuck Knox’s career; notes on Matt Patricia, Mark Ingram, Adam Vinatieri; and more.

Projecting Every NFL Team's Starting Lineup for 2018 | Bleacher Report
We're finally allowed to talk about 2018 NFL starting lineups instead of mock drafts. Everyone pat yourselves on the back for making it through another cycle...

NFL Insiders predict most improved after free agency and draft | ESPN
The Browns have had a busy offseason. Will their work pay off? Our Insiders weigh in on who helped themselves the most in free agency and the draft.

Would relegation in the NFL work? | Mile High Report
The latest MHR Radio Podcast debated the subject and answered the question with the premise it will never happen. Nevertheless it was a fun discussion.

What’s the biggest weakness for each NFL team before the 2018 season? | SBNation.com
The Patriots need pass rushers. The Eagles need secondary help. What else?

John Elway: Bolts might be team to beat in AFC West | NFL.com
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway gave his assessment of the AFC West following the draft saying that the Chargers might be the team to beat.

Former Rams, Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dies at 86 | NFL.com
The football world has lost one of its mainstays in the coaching ranks. Former Rams, Seahawks and Bills head coach Chuck Knox has died at 86, the Seahawks confirmed on Sunday.

Regrading the 2015 NFL Draft: Rams prove wise with Gurley, 10 teams see grade fall to D or F | CBSSports.com
Three years after the 2015 NFL Draft, how did all 32 teams do? Let's find out.