Steve: Saints rookie profiles - Derrick Strozier
This former Tulane defensive back got an invite to training camp after working out for the Saints at rookie minicamp. While he played defense for the Green Wave, he is working out as a running back for the Black and Gold.
He didn’t see much time on offense while at Tulane, with just 4 rushes for 12 yards and 11 receptions for 60 yards. As a special teamer, Strozier returned 28 punts for 268 yards and 13 kickoffs for 258 yards while blocking a pair of kicks and returning a blocked field goal for a score.
Meanwhile on the defensive side of the ball, he racked up 101 tackles, 5.5 of which were for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, 18 pass break-ups and five interceptions; including two that were returned for touchdowns.
He stands just 5-foot-7, 180 pounds, but sure packs a ton of football ability into that small body. A natural comparison is to former Saints RB Darren Sproles because of size, but Strozier also has that same elusive ability. It’s not easy to tackle this kid and he also has great balance. He plays big and isn’t afraid of contact.
Obviously a big question - can his body withstand the pounding of the NFL when he does take a lick?
Versatility is the key with Strozier as he could be the Saints Swiss Army knife, kind of like a Dexter McCluster.