When the Saints drafted rookie left tackle Terron Armstead out of Arkansas Pine-Bluff in the third round this past weekend, the opinion of our NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier was generally good. "He's probably a year away from starting, but ahead of where former Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod was at this point in his career."
Armstead caught the Saints attention at the East-West All Star Game during the offseason and could prove to be another mid round gem.
"I wouldn't rule him out as a candidate to be our starting left tackle this season," Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis (above) explained. "It's a competition, we've got Charles Brown, Jason Smith, and Terron. Somebody is going to emerge, is going to take that job. I wouldn't rule anyone out," Loomis added.
I wouldn't be surprised at all if Armstead is the starter this season. The Saints love his athleticism and versatility.
In Sean Payton's time as head coach in New Orleans the Saints have had considerable success finding talent in undrafted rookie free agents. Pierre Thomas, Brian de la Puente, Junior Galette, Isa Abdul-Quddus, and Jed Collins all went undrafted. They have also all played major roles for the Saints.
The Black and Gold signed a few intriguing players to undrafted rookie contract's once the draft concluded.
"We've had good luck, and that's a credit to our area scouts, and coaches who do a great job of recruiting on the phone and coaching and developing," Loomis said.
A few players received some pretty lofty praise from the Saints General Manager. He likes UNC linebacker Kevin Reddick.
"He has outstanding character and is football smart. He's been a productive college player," Loomis noted.
Another linebacker Chase Thomas is a player the Saints were thrilled to land.
The GM said, "He's a smart, tough, competitive player, very productive. Look, we're real excited to get him".
It's very early, but I would expect Reddick, and Thomas to have a real chance to make the Saints final roster in the fall. Tulane Quarterback Ryan Griffin has a ton of potential, but I think he's more in line for practice squad role this season.