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Saints 2020 Pre-Draft Meeting Tracker

Who have the Saints met with ahead of the NFL Draft?

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With big changes to the pre-draft process this year, the Saints have taken advantage of technology to get their scouting work done. Here, you can find all of the Saints’ pre-draft visits that have been reported, brief thoughts from CSC contributors, and who they met during the Senior Bowl and Shrine Game.

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Pre-draft FaceTime visits

Reggie Robinson, CB, Tulsa, per Justin Melo
“at 6 foot, 207 pounds with 4.44 speed, Robinson is a defensive back that has not gotten the attention he might from a more. nationally recognized program. His 17 passes defended and four interceptions in 2019 earned him First team All-ACC recognition and he has been an active special teamer of note for the team as well blocking four kicks, two FGs and two extra point attempts. Robinson is a scheme-versatile corner who has the right skills and traits to be a very promising day two draft selection.” - Ross Jackson

Michael Barnett, NT, Georgia, per Justin Melo
“Mostly considered an undrafted commodity, Barnett is a big-bodied run-stopper at 6-foot-3, 309 pounds. He had 23 tackles for the Bulldogs last year. He had an interesting trajectory in Athens as he transitioned to offensive line in 2016 before returning to the defensive side of the trenches in 2017. He is clearly a team-first guy and despite his small sample size stuck behind a very good defensive line for some time, that type of an attitude and willingness to serve the club will do well to grab team’s attention after the draft if he is indeed left on the market.” - Ross Jackson

J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State, per Aaron Wilson
“Dobbins is a versatile running back from a familiar Saints grooming ground. The 5-foot-9, dynamic Buckeye RB might be a little shorter than some would like, but he makes up with his impressive combination of weight and athleticism. Much like former Saint Mark Ingram, Dobbins packs a punch. Both measured at 5’9” coming into the NFL, but both also weighed in at over 200 pounds. Dobbins adds nice production as a pass catch and would benefit in a shared-snap situation early in his NFL career due to his bell-cow usage in college.” - Ross Jackson

Mason Fine, QB, North Texas, per Tom Pelissero
“Fine also prepared for the draft with Drew Brees and their trainer Todd Durkin. Fine defines himself as being “Drew Brees all the way” when it comes not only his stature at 5-foot-10, but his playstyle and feel for the game. Fine is likely to be an undrafted free agent the Saints could add after the draft.” - Ross Jackson

Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU, per Justin Melo
“His strengths I would say are speed, and how battle-tested he was in the Big 12. With all those pass-happy offenses he allowed under a 50% completion rate. Hard to beat him deep. But he’s also a bit undersized and struggled in press coverage at times. Might have to move in the slot some” - Andrew Bell

Leki Fotu, DT, Utah, per Jordan Reid
“Fotu is an intriguing option for New Orleans who may look to bolster their defensive line to insure against injuries hampering their production down the course of the season. At 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, you might expect him to be nothing more than a plug in the middle. But even at that size he ran a 5.15 at the combine. This guy is very athletic, possesses very impressive closing speed on tacklers, and packs a variety of both finesse and power pass rush moves. Dane Brugler of the Athletic describes his personality as “humbled but dogged mentality, never feeling content.” One that sounds like it would fit in with a Saints defensive line always looking to improve.” - Ross Jackson

Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M, per Albert Wilson
“Davis lacks some of the skills Saints fans might most be attracted to. He is not an effective run after catch threat, averaging until five YAC yard per reception for his career, he last ideal long speed, but is indeed no slouch at 4.54. Drops have been an issue despite showing talented hands, meaning it could be more attached to focus and therefore fixable. But six drops in 2019 is hard to miss on tape. Not a home-run guy or a big play waiting to happen but can be crafty in the middle of the field that creates nice separation with his route running. Davis is expected to be a project selection in Day 3.” - Ross Jackson

Justin Madubuike, DL Texas A&M, per Justin Melo
A little undersized for the position but packs some very impressive speed running a 4.83 40 weighing in at 293 lbs. Also showed great strength at the combine with 31 bench reps. Lack of explosive traits can be seen on his film. Would be a nice rotation piece in an NFL defense.” - Ross Jackson

Mykal Walker, LB Fresno State, per Justin Melo
“6’3” 230, great height, but might be asked to put on weight at the next level. Tests were average when it cam to speed and explosiveness, so adding that extra weight might not work out for his play style. Lacks some fluidity but his smarts are all there for a MIKE role. Projects for most scouting profiles as a core special teamer.” - Ross Jackson

Evan Weaver, LB, West Virginia, per Justin Melo
“At 6-foot-2, 237 pounds, one might expect Evan Weaver to move very well. Unfortunately, however, that might be his greatest shortcoming. Running a 4.74 at the Combine is glaring even for those that do not put much stock in testing. He can sometimes make up for his lack of athleticism with tenacity and his relentless nature, particularly as a tackler. Weaver piled on 159 tackles in 2018 and 182 in 2019, averaging over 13 tackles per game over those two season. He is nothing if not a tackling machine, which could be appealing depth despite his athletic shortcomings.” - Ross Jackson

Jordan Love, QB Utah State, per Matt Miller
Love has a rare set of physical skills that allowed him to shine, even in a lackluster (to put it nicely) Utah State defense—he’s a quarterback coach’s dream come true physically, and someone NFC South defenses would hate seeing multiple times a year in the post-Drew Brees era.” - Nate Williamson

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In-Person Visits/Workouts

The Saints reportedly scheduled three in-person, private visits before club facilities were closed. Some were able to be conducted in time, others were canceled.

Amik Robertson, CB, LA Tech, per Justin Melo
“Robertson might be only 5’8” but he plays much, much larger. You can find film of him locking up guys four to ten inches taller than him. He is extremely physical, and would translate most immediately to the slot while also packing in a ton of boundary corner experience as well. He is an absolute ballhawk with 14 interceptions in his three years with the Bulldogs” - Ross Jackson
More on Amik Robertson.

Mason Fine, QB, North Texas, per Tom Pelissero
“An undersized QB at 5’10” and 186 pounds, which has not seemed to be an issue in New Orleans at all, Fine is very likely to be an undrafted free agent. Unlike Drew Brees, Kyler Murray, and Russell Wilson, Fine lacks some important traits that help compensate for his size and the added concern of his weight certainly factors in as well. Fine did set records at C-USA’s North Texas in both career passing yards and touchdowns, shows poise in the pocket, and has a smooth release. He’s also very accurate having completed greater than 62% of his passes over the last three years. While it could be seen as unlikely that he will be selected in this year’s draft, it is worth keeping an eye on his as draftable players become free agents. The Saints have selected players in the UDFA period with whom they have met pre-draft such as Devine Ozigbo and Carl Granderson last season.” - Ross Jackson

Alohi Gilman, SAF, Notre Dame, per JustinM_NFL
Gilman is similar to Bell. Great in the box but not in deep coverage.” - Don Kellum

“Gilman would be a really fun addition, likely to go in the middle to late rounds. When he comes downhill he’s an absolute missile. He’s always hunting for the football.” - Nate Williamson

“He seems like a solid day 3 box safety prospect who can cover tight ends but you don’t quite trust yet in the deep middle of the field or covering slot receivers” - Andrew Bell

Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado, per Nicki Jhabvala
“Very undersized at 6’0 228 but his 4.49 speed is very hard to ignore. Consider Taylor a Day 3 version of LSU’s Patrick Queen. Taylor rarely played in the box at Colorado, often lined up in the slot or at safety which might be his NFL position. He lacks the processing ability of a Patrick Queen who can maintain his LB role despite his size concerns. Taylor’s top-30 visit was canceled, but the team did hold a FaceTime visit with him in lieu of.” - Ross Jackson

Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State, per Justin Melo
“A combine winner thanks to his outstanding measurements. 6’6”, 311 lbs, with 33” arms, Cleveland has moved up on boards throughout the process. Now often mocked within the bottom of the first and early second rounds. Cleveland could be a great swing tackle option for New Orleans early in his career, which a potentially expanding role available to earn later. Dan Roushar will certainly like the tools Cleveland brings to the table.” - Ross Jackson

Kevin Dotson, OL Louisiana, per Justin Melo
“Louisiana native, versatile, powerful, with growing technique. Played at both RT and RG with the Ragin Cajuns. He and teammate Robert Hunt should both be targets for New Orleans.” - Ross Jackson

Senior Bowl visits, per Charlie Campbell

Shea Pattterson, QB, Michigan
Terence Steele, OL, Texas Tech
Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M
Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Josaiah Coatney, DT, Ole Miss
Larrell Murchison, DL, NC State

Shrine Game Meetings, per Trevor Sikkema

Rico Dowdle, RB, South Carolina
Binjimen Victor, WR, Ohio State
Keith Gavin, WR Florida State
John Hightower, WR, Boise State
Michael Danna, EDGE, Michigan