Greg Paulus Trying Out for New Orleans Saints: Does He Stand a Chance?

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IMay 6, 2010

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Greg Paulus of the Syracuse Orangemen walks on the sideline during the second half of their game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium  September 12, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State won 28-7. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
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Greg Paulus got a lot of bad vibes sent his way as a guard for the Duke Blue Devils. That negative aura surrounding him in NCAA basketball didn't leave him when he tried to make the switch to football by latching on with the Syracuse Orange, either.

However, despite posting mediocre numbers, going 4-8 in his only season as a starter, and going undrafted, there remains hope for Paulus .

Paulus, a former elite college prospect and a highly-recruited quarterback coming out of high school, has turned his sights back toward football over the past two years.

With a try-out with the New Orleans Saints, it's not impossible that he could obtain his new goal.

New Orleans doesn't have any real experience or polished talent behind Drew Brees, which leads even the most critical of NFL experts to think, "well, why not?".

Paulus only tossed 13 touchdowns to 14 interceptions in his lone season as a starter, but made extraordinary improvements to his game in the second half of the 2009 season.

Other interesting points about what he displayed on the field in 2009 are his great completion percentage (67.6%), which is a Syracuse record, and his overall progress as a pocket passer.

Paulus has solid athleticism for the position, along with decent speed and excellent accuracy. He has the arm to compete at the next level, and after adding 30 pounds to his formerly 180-pound frame, he now has the strength to go with a tough and confident demeanor.

After all, you can't be a cupcake and compete in the ACC in basketball, much less compete as a member of the Duke Blue Devils. Even more, he made all these improvements in one half of a season, and did so in a difficult conference.

Considering the staggering amount of evidence that should be weighing down on Paulus and crushing his NFL dreams, there is actually more to like about him than there is to hate.

He has great mobility, has shown in a short time that he has the ability to learn and improve pivotal areas of his game, something that cannot be said about every first-year player.

A quick glance shows that Paulus is simply an extremely talented and athletic quarterback who was at one time a potentially elite college quarterback, but simply had to shake off the rust for a season.

The only bad part? That one season of re-discovering himself as a quarterback wasn't spent on a good team, and the results were far from spectacular.

Regardless, Paulus is getting his chance, and if he can latch onto a team that could use a developmental project behind their 30-year old star quarterback, he'd have a place to learn and grow.


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