Steve: Saints rookie profiles - Seantavius Jones
At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds this 21-year-old undrafted rookie free agent has good size with room to bulk up. Seantavius Jones began to turn heads during Saints OTAs and minicamp and hasn’t let that interest wane, with a strong start to training camp.
The wide receiver had a solid Pro Day at Valdosta State, posting a 38 ½ inch vertical jump and a 6.96 second three cone drill time. So with his size and talent, why wasn’t Jones selected in this year’s NFL draft?
“He had an injury that limited his production his last year compared to his junior year,” Coach Sean Payton said. “He’s a player that might have been drafted had he not had the injury that set him back a little bit in his final year. I like his size. We have a couple of those young receivers that are long and they give you a good throwing radius.”
Jones helped lead the Valdosta State Blazers to the NCAA Division II National Championship, and finished his college career with 149 receptions for 2,374 yards and 33 touchdowns. He received first team All-Gulf South player honors in his senior year and even caught six touchdown passes in one game against Delta State.
We’ve seen plenty of undrafted rookies make this team in the past, and I feel Jones has a great shot to be another. Sure, he played ball at a small school where the competition wasn’t elite, but that didn’t stop a kid from Mississippi Valley State from becoming the greatest receiver in NFL history. No, I’m not comparing Jones to Jerry Rice, just emphasizing the fact you don’t have to be from a big college to make a big impact in the pros. He is one of the players I am anxious to see more of when preseason action starts for the Saints, August 8th in St Louis.
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