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Simply because of the nature of this project we cannot make any guarantee about undrafted free agents and who would get them. The project really wasn't meant to include that final part of the draft process. But based on how the draft ended and our draft board, here are players we would contact in an effort to bring them into camp:
Case Keenum, QB, Houston
My philosophy has always been to bring in great football players if for nothing else than competition's sake. And I also am a firm believer in bringing in a young QB every year. For that reason, to see a player of Keenum's credentials and potential still available we want him badly. He is everything we want in a quarterback and more.
Cory Harkey, TE, UCLA
Harkey is the finest blocking tight end in the entire draft and would be a viable option should the tight end position continue its injury-riddled nature in 2012.
Brad Smelley, H-Back, Alabama
Smelley is another player the Saints had a high grade on due to the nature of his potential role in our offense. He could play the H-Back spot the way David Thomas has for years now. Another player with great potential.
Nick Provo, TE, Syracuse
Another player we had rated very highly, all of these are players who would compete and make this a better roster in 2012. They are all players we believe fit our offense, and Provo brings the added benefit of having played in a system that resembles ours in verbiage and style with Doug Marrone at Syracuse. That would be invaluable.
Jacquies Smith, DE, Missouri
For Smith to not be drafted is hugely surprising. We love his potential and think his best football is ahead of him. We think he'll contend for a roster spot once he gets in here.
WR Patrick Edwards, WR, Houston
Despite his diminutive size Edwards is a tough player who knows how to get open. But this team needs him for his ability to help the return game. We want to get Darren Sproles off the kick return game but need someone as dynamic to take his spot. Edwards is that guy.
CB Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
Harris has some character questions but his talent and ability to play football is unreal. If he can overcome those off-the-field issues he figures to become a good NFL player.
Chaz Powell, CB, Penn State
Powell ran a cover three defense meaning he is very comfortable with some of the zone coverages Coach Spagnuolo will run. Powell is an underrated corner we like a lot.
Blake Gideon, S, Texas
Coming from Texas you know Gideon is well-schooled, intelligent and a quality football player. He can't hurt the Saints' team.
Tony Dye, S, UCLA
Dye has been injured throughout the draft process but is very talented with good size. For a "strong safety" he has good coverage and ball skills.
Delano Howell, S, Stanford
The Saints are desperate for depth at the safety spot. Whether it's filling in for a potential injury or a regular third safety for sub-packages, depth is necessary at the position. Between Howell, Dye and Gideon you're getting intelligent players with good backgrounds. Any of them could be good NFL safeties.
Johnnie Troutman, OG, Penn State
Troutman is a huge man. Coming from Penn State you know he is talented and well-coached. He is a nice developmental prospect.
Charles Burton, OT, Montana
Burton is one of the few small school prospects the Saints are taking a chance on this draft season. We like his size and effort. He can come in to learn and compete.
Mike Harris, OT, UCLA
Harris is a very underrated offensive tackle prospect. Though a bit undersized he has a lot of potential.
All of these selections are contingent upon other teams' selections at the end of the draft (still going on as of this article being written).