Saints sign three draft picks


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.