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TE Yelder may be a steal...

https://www.saintsnewsnetwork.com/2018/03/22/a-few-underrated-tight-ends-that-the-saints-could-target-in-the-2018-draft-mid-to-late-rounds/

Another former walk-on just like Troy Fumagalli of Wisconsin, Yelder did not receive a scholarship or tally any receiving statistics prior to his senior campaign in 2017. But Yelder exploded onto the scene by leading WKU with 52 catches and 688 yards and 7 TD's, thanks in part to the fact that a new coaching staff led by first-time head coach Mike Sanford wanted to run an offense that features the tight end position.

Primarily used as a special teams player, the 6-foot-4, 255 pound Yelder made the most of the opportunities given to him as a redshirt senior. The Louisville native’s yardage mark set a single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, and his versatility allowed him to finished ranked fourth in receptions and third in receiving yards among all tight ends across the nation.

NFL.com Draft analyst Chris Trapasso says that Yelder isn't a tight end you want running intricate routes, yet he showed a knack to get open in simple, high-percentage throws in the 7-10 yard range in college. Yelder has also shown the ability to be very coachable, and drew praise at the Senior Bowl for sharpening his blocking technique (considered his biggest weakness) immensely while showing off his unique blend of size, athleticism and hands.

Yelder is similar to many of the mid-to-late round prospects in that he needs a lot of "refinement" at the NFL level, but as Hilltoppers head coach Mike Sanford showed everyone last season: a creative head coach (perhaps like Sean Payton) can utilize Yelder as a "weapon" — something that the Saints clearly lack at the moment. If New Orleans still hasn't addressed the TE position by Round 4, keep Yelder's name in mind when the Saints are picking on Day 3.

 

 

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Signed JT Barret today to a 3 year deal. Not sur ehe makes it as a QB. Saying that he is athletic enough to do a few other things if not. 

http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/05/jt_barrett_saints_1.html

Saints sign former Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett to 3-year contract: source

Updated 1:26 PM; Posted 1:22 PM
Ohio State quarterback J T Barrett runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Ohio State quarterback J T Barrett runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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By Christopher Dabe

cdabe@nola.com,

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints added another former Ohio State football player to their roster, according to a source.

NFL Network first reported Tuesday (May 1) that quarterback J.T. Barrett has a three-year contract with the team, putting him on the roster with Drew Brees and backups Taysom Hill and Tom Savage.

 

Former Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is signing with the Saints, source says. Had an invite to try out for the Colts and had interest from other teams. Heads to New Orleans where it’s Tom Savage and Taysom Hill behind Drew Brees.

The Saints originally lined up Barrett for a rookie minicamp tryout, according to Ohio State. But the Saints appear to have secured him for longer than a weekend by signing him to a multi-year contract.
The Saints in recent seasons added wide receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell from Ohio State through the draft. Barrett will arrive as an undrafted free agent.

He will not be the only newcomer at quarterback when the rookie minicamp opens next weekend.

Brandon Silvers, the former Troy q

uarterback who beat LSU last fall, said Monday he planned to also be at the rookie minicamp.

In three-plus seasons as a starter, Barrett threw for 9,434 yards and had 104 touchdowns compared to 30 interceptions. He also ran for 3,263 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Edited by Bonckers

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