BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Over the past few seasons the New Orleans Saints have had plenty of success in signing undrafted rookie free agents.
Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis and 17 rookie free agents who were not drafted over the weekend have agreed to sign with New Orleans.
Matthew Armstrong (6-2,302), an offensive lineman from Grand Valley State played four years with the Lakers starting at least one game in each spot along the offensive line. He was the 2013 Division II Rimington Trophy winner and was also named the GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award.
You won't be able to miss Rutgers tight end Brandon Coleman. He's 6-6 and weight 225 pounds. He started 27-of-39 games for the Scarlet Knights and caught 94 passes for 1,808 yards (19.2 avg.) and 20 touchdowns. Coleman tied the Rutgers school record for touchdown receptions.
Sam Houston State Tim Flanders (5-9,210) is the all-time leading rusher in the Southland Conference and the scoring leader. He exploded for 5,664 yards (5.7 avg.) and 66 touchdowns. He began his college career at Kansas State.
Je'ron Hamm (6-3, 236) a tight end at Louisiana-Monroe snagged 111 receptions for 1,587 yards and 10 touchdowns in 46 games with the Warhawks.
The Saints also came to terms with McNeese State tight end Nic Jacobs (6-5, 269) who played his freshman and sophomore seasons at LSU. He was used primarily as a blocker in Baton Rouge. In Lake Charles, Jacobs hauled in 32 passes for 453 yards (14.2 avg.) and four touchdowns in one season with the Cowboys.
Middle Tennessee State quarterback Logan Kilgore (6-3, 206) served as the Blue Raiders' starter for three of his four seasons. He completed 692-of-1,135 passes (61.0%) for 7,849 yards with 53 touchdowns.
George Uko (6-3, 284) of Southern Cal was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac 12 defensive lineman selection. He ended his career with 85 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two passes defensed.
Ty Zimmerman (6-1,204) safety from Kansas State was a 2013 Associated Press third-team All-American after the senior captain made 74 tackles in 11 games, picked off three passes, two brought back for touchdowns and posted 256 career tackles. Zimmerman closed out his college career with a total 13 interceptions and is expected to compete for a roster spot at safety and on special teams.
These players stood out for me as I looked over the list of 17 undrafted free agents signed by the Saints.