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Saints sign three draft picks

Vinnie Sunseri AP

The Saints opened rookie minicamp on Friday and took care of some off-field business as well.

The team announced that they have agreed to four-year contracts with three members of this year’s draft class. Fifth-round safety Vinnie Sunseri, fifth-round linebacker Ronald Powell and sixth-round tackle Tavon Rooks have put pen to paper on the deals, leaving the Saints with three more picks to sign.

Sunseri declared for the draft despite tearing his ACL during the 2013 season at Alabama and healed enough to run well at the school’s pro day. Sunseri could challenge for time on defense, although he was also an excellent special teams player in college and should be an immediate contributor there for New Orleans. Powell was a highly touted recruit when he arrived at Florida, but tore the same ACL twice during his time in Gainesville. He could earn time as a pass rusher on Rob Ryan’s defense with a strong camp.

Rooks played right tackle at Kansas State and some time on the practice squad may come before he gets a shot in a meaningful game at the NFL level.

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8 Responses to “Saints sign three draft picks”
  1. dat504 says: May 16, 2014 4:14 PM

    Who Dat

  2. lookoutjim says: May 16, 2014 4:35 PM

    Better lock your rims.

  3. ningenito78 says: May 16, 2014 4:47 PM

    Powell didn’t tear the same ACL twice. He tore it once then had an issue with the cadaver ligament post op.

  4. hor2012 says: May 16, 2014 5:57 PM

    lookoutjim says:May 16, 2014 4:35 PM

    Better lock your rims.

    Why did some one steal yours of your trailer

  5. ashutto20 says: May 17, 2014 7:47 AM

    Sunsuri made 20+ tackles in a high school game once…with a broken leg !!!

  6. ashutto20 says: May 17, 2014 9:15 AM

    Sunseri had 20 + tackles in a high school game with a broken leg !!! True Story

  7. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 17, 2014 5:48 PM

    Love the Sunseri pick. Hes a big hitter and if healthy was a steal. This guy can play

  8. bassplucker says: May 18, 2014 10:01 AM

    Sunseri should have probably gone back to Bama for one more year. As it is, he probably won’t see much action for the Saints beyond special teams, but he should be able to help them quite a bit there.

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