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New Orleans Saints 2019 draft picks: linebacker Kaden Elliss selected at pick 244

Saints address the linebacker spot with a late 7th rounder.

NCAA Football: Idaho at UNLV Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints used their second 7th round pick, the 244th overall selection, to draft Idaho linebacker Kaden Elliss. Son of former Detroit Lions Pro Bowl defensive lineman Luther Elliss, Kaden was a multi-year starter for the Vandals, amassing 278 total tackles, 47 stops for loss, and 17 sacks through his collegiate career.

NCAA Football: Idaho at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Idaho's first draft selection since 2012, Elliss rose up some boards during postseason workouts. He played both inside and outside positions for the Vandals, with underrated speed around the edge and in pursuit, as well as able to capably fill run gaps.

Elliss will be expected to make his mark on special teams with his aggressiveness and open field skills. He looks to add depth to a Saints linebacking unit that includes Demario Davis, Alex Anzalone, A.J. Klein, and Craig Robertson, with Klein entering a contract year.


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