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UDFAs with the best chance to make the 53-man roster

Which undrafted players will we see in the regular season

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 19 Syracuse at Pitt Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Trill Williams-DB

The first undrafted free agent the Saints sign was Syracuse defensive back Trill Williams. The versatile Williams can line up all over the defensive backfield, starting multiple games at both nickel and outside cornerback during his time at Syracuse. He has also been known to play special teams at time, returning a blocked punt for a touchdown during his Freshman year. His versatility and the Saints lack of cornerbacks will mean Williams has a very good shot at making the roster.

If Williams is able to make the 53-man roster, he would be more likely to put in work in special teams during his rookie year than line up at corner. The Saints drafted Paulson Adebo in the 3rd round of this years draft, and also have three veteran options ahead of Williams at CB. If Williams puts in the work in camp and on special teams and makes us question why he wasn’t drafted, we may very well see him line up at corner in the near future.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 03 Baylor at West Virginia Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Michael Brown-OG

West Virginia guard Michael Brown could potentially be a very good find for the Saints on the UDFA market. Brown is massive at 6’3” 348, making him the heaviest player on the team by a wide margin. Brown was named to the All-Big 12 second team in 2020, and should have a decent shot at making the roster if he is able to refine his skills. He has great size a good agility for someone as big as he is, and the Saints are pretty thin at guard behind Andrus Peat and Cesar Ruiz. The Saints did not draft an interior lineman in the 2021 Draft, so Brown should have a decent chance at sticking around as a backup guard in 2021.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Utah at Washington Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Josiah Bronson-DT

The defensive tackle out of Washington was one of the most sought-after undrafted players in 2021. The Saints signed him for a base salary of $140,000 with a signing bonus on $25,000, which is quite a lot for a UDFA. Bronson did not play much last year, as Washington only played four games in 2020, which is likely the reason he went undrafted. Bronson is a 300 pound tackle who has all the physical tools to be a great player. The Saints need depth at interior defensive line, so Bronson should get plenty of reps with the second team. If he is able to develop into a decent player, do not be surprised if you see Bronson make his way into a few packages on defense.


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