After the Saints failed to sign Ndamukong Suh this offseason, and after losing Nick Fairley to a potential career-ending injury, the Saints have a slight hole at Defensive Tackle. That’s why Bleacher Report named DT Henry Mondeaux as an exciting UDFA addition for the Saints.
Defensive tackle Henry Mondeaux has been fighting in the trenches for three years at Oregon as a starter. During his sophomore and senior seasons, he had success pushing into the backfield for sacks, accumulating nine over those two campaigns.
At 6’5”, 280 pounds, Mondeaux isn’t going to bring a powerful bull rush on the inside, but he makes up for it with agility. A side step and an ability to squeeze through cracks in the opposing team’s pass protection will allow him to pressure quarterbacks.
Mondeaux could become a solid complement in four-man fronts next to bigger defensive linemen or serve as a disruptor up front in the nickel formation.
The New Orleans Saints need to strengthen their run defense, which ranked 16th last season. If the Oregon Ducks product shows a high motor and tenacity on the interior during training camp, he’s worth a roster hold.
With a French-sounding name like “Mondeaux,” he’d surely fit in New Orleans, but it’s yet to be determined if he can fit with the Saints. In 2017 with the Ducks, Mondeaux finished with 45 total tackles with 6 tackles for loss, but he’d be behind players like Sheldon Rankins, David Onyemata, and Tyeler Davison.