In the Sean Payton era the New Orleans Saints have drafted a Senior Bowl player, in all but two seasons (2007 and 2012.) Saints fans should pay attention this week, as at least one of the players suiting up will probably be in a Saints uniform next year. These are a couple players I wanted to highlight, as I’m very excited for them.
CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse
The other Melifonwu is also a big, crazy athletic defensive back. The Syracuse product has tremendous upside. He is the type of player that will excel this week. He will be bigger than most of the people he lines up against, and ball skills have been improving against the weaker group of quarterbacks in Mobile. I would also like to see him play some safety drills throughout the week. Melifonwu is also a huge riser, and is gaining hype as a first rounder.
WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
Tylan has been a player that I have been obsessed with watching for the last three seasons. He has great hands and ball skills that have been showcased in an offense where he has been a big play guy for a while. In the lone season where he played a full 13 games he had near 1500 yards and 12 touchdowns. Excited to watch him win 50/50 balls all week long.
LB Baron Browning, Ohio State
Baron Browning is another player I have been interested in. He is big, fast, and smart. All the things the Saints would need to have a LB develop under Demario Davis and even contribute immediately. He can be great at all levels of LB play, he just needs to be coached up better than he was at Ohio State. Speaking of Ohio State, there is an obvious pipeline between New Orleans and Columbus.
OT Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
Me and fellow Canal Street writer Ross Jackson watched his film before the 2021 season, and fell in love with his game. I am super excited to finally see him compete again. I would really like his match with the Saints offense too. He is an athletic mauler and will throw you into the ground. His body and skills align with him being a left tackle at the next level, and the Saints could start looking to the future with contracts coming up soon on both ends.
DL Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA
The theme of today’s article has been athleticism, and this one will be no different. He is slightly undersized for the interior defensive position, but I don’t think that would mean much in the Saints defense. He can line up on the inside and he will be able to just overcome almost anyone across from him on pure athleticism.
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