Barrett, 23, went undrafted out of Ohio State after a brilliant four-year career with the Buckeyes that saw him throw for 9,434 yards, 104 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, completing 63.5 percent of his passes while also rushing for 3,263 yards and 43 scores.
He was a three-time captain for Ohio State and helped lead the team to a national championship and two College Football Playoff appearances.
But his lack of accuracy and uncertainty about his arm strength made him a questionable fit in the NFL game, causing him to go undrafted. As one AFC regional scout told Lance Zierlein of NFL.com before the draft, "Great leader and a high character guy. I want him to succeed but I just don't see enough talent to be an NFL quarterback."
While Barrett's invitation to New Orleans' minicamp is no guarantee he'll ultimately make the team, the team's depth chart behind Drew Brees is wide open, with Tom Savage and Taysom Hill currently slotted as the backups. With a truly impressive minicamp and training camp to follow, it isn't inconceivable that Barrett could either make the team's roster or perhaps earn a practice team spot.