The Saints continue to add to their young and talented defense. Khairi Fortt OLB out of California is their pick in round 4. Fortt is described by NFL analyst Mike Detillier, “He has 1st rate straight line speed, who zeroes in on a ball carrier quickly. He’s a power player.”
Fortt originally went to Penn State before transferring to California. He ran a 4.7 in the 40 yard dash at the combine. The Saints are adding to depth at OLB with this selection.
Fortt was one of 12 semifinalists at the collegiate level for the Butkus Award given annually to the nation’s top linebackers at the high school, college and pro levels. He started at the WILL Linebacker position for all nine games he played, before missing the final three games due to injury. Fortt recorded 64 tackles to rank tied for third on the team…adding 3.5 tackles for a loss.
Khairi Fortt fits the Saints emphasis on size with defensive players since Rob Ryan took over as the team's defensive coordinator.