New Orleans Saints: Undrafted Rookie Signings

Alex RodriguezCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21:  Offensive lineman Alex Fletcher of Standford gets ready to run while a coach will time him as he participates in practice drills during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

The Saints have made moves after the draft, signing eight undrafted players. Among the eight are: G Cedric Dockery, OLB Jonathan Castillas, OLB Danny Gorrer, C Alex Fletcher, WR Chris Vaughn, QB Pat Cowan, OT Augustus Parrish, and HB Herb Donadson.

It seems like the Saints wanted to use all of their picks to improve the defensive side of the ball by bringing in some competition. Of course, the Saints did attempt to move back into the first round for running back Chris Wells. But, the added competition from all of the Saints draft picks will make the the current Saints players play at a higher level, as slacking would give the newcomers an edge.

This article isn't going to be about the defense though I just wanted to clear my thoughts on the draft which I feel was a good draft, but which could've been better as the Saints didn't have many picks.

However, I will discuss the top undrafted free agents that we signed who have the potential to make some noise and challenge some of our veterans for starting positions, or simply offer some relief.

Herb Donadson (HB, Western Illinois): Donadson is 5'10" and weighs 222 pounds. He rushed for over 1,400 yards in three years and finished up his senior season with 1,700+ Yards and 21 rushing touchdowns—pretty impressive for a guy who wasn't drafted.

Donadson really is a thumper back—do not let his size fool you. He has an amazing stiff arm and is definitely a inside presence. He could come into play on short yardage and at the goal line.

The problem with Donadson, though, is he isn't effective in the passing game, lacks the speed to finish plays, and runs out of gas when he's in the secondary. He also has a problem with fumbles.

Cedrick Dockery (OG, Texas): Dockery is 6'3" and weighs 314 pounds. He is also related to Derrick Dockery, current offensive guard for the Washington Redskins. He is a good run-blocker and is very physical—something much of the Saints interior line is missing—but he is very inconsistent. He could be a solid reserve but if he can be more consistent he could fight his way into the starting line up.

Alex Fletcher (C, Stanford): Stanford is 6'2" and weighs 297 pounds. He was ranked 12th amongst all the centers coming out of the draft and bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times—good enough for third at the combine, and more than center Alex Mack.

He is very good at run blocking, but struggles on the goal line to push his opponents back to make a hole. I honestly feel this kid could beat out Jonathan Goodwin for the starting center position.

Overall, the Saints have brought in talent at every position we need. I give this entire off-season of tryng to improve the team an A+ .


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