The New Orleans Saints have gained a reputation for hitting big on undrafted free agents in the Sean Payton era.
It has become such a "thing" that Payton, in his post-draft press conference, said the team now uses that reputation as a selling point to the undrafted players:
Yes, the one thing we do sell that is easy for us to sell is the amount of free agents that have made our rosters in the last eight seasons going into the ninth year.
Answering a different question, Payton posed his thoughts on what the Saints are looking for in an undrafted free agent target:
With only seven rounds there are some good football players that go undrafted and the trick is to look for some traits that maybe stand out and also to look maybe at where they have a chance to earn a roster spot.
The Saints have undoubtedly used this strategy with great effectiveness over the past few years. Kevin Reddick and Khiry Robinson were two players the Saints brought in after the draft last year who made the team and contributed to the Saints’ 11-5 record.
This year the Saints officially signed 17 undrafted free agents and are bringing in a handful of players for a “tryout” this Friday through Sunday (Robinson was brought in for a tryout last season before being signed).
Here is the list of players who have been signed to the current 90-man roster, as of May 13.
Each player is given a grade, evaluation and projection for his likelihood to end up on the 53-man roster or practice squad.