By: Barry Barnes, Founder
The New Orleans Saints will host the finale of the 2017 NFL Regional Combine sessions, for a two-day event. The Saints opened their doors for the first time last year for the platform to conduct the workouts that could lead to prosperity in the NFL.
And several defensive players are well on their way to such affluence after attending the New Orleans-held trials in 2016.
Cornerback Chris Milton of Georgia Tech was impressive enough for the Indianapolis Colts to sign him.
Nevertheless, the defensive tackles dominated the talent pool that filtered through to the league in Zamir Carlis from Stillman, Johnny Maxey Jr. of Mars Hill and Woodrow Hamilton from Mississippi.
Carlis is a member of the Los Angeles Chargers. Unfortunately, his rookie season was put on ice as he was placed on injured reserve (ankle).
Maxey sustained a slight hamstring pull when he was running his second 40 attempt in the New Orleans-held campaign a year ago. Evidently, Maxey’s skill set was still welcoming to the Pittsburgh Steelers. After spending majority of the season on the practice squad, Maxey was promoted to the active roster in Week 16. Maxey registered a tackle on the season.
The New England Patriots seized Hamilton shortly after the 2016 NFL Draft and he was superb throughout the offseason. Hamilton was back and forth on the Patriots’ practice squad, but the 6-3, 315-pound defensive tackle did amass three tackles, and a Super Bowl ring, for his rookie crusade.
The Saints is one of the RC’s biggest believers.
Currently, the Saints have three defensive players on their roster.
Defensive back Chris Banjo ventured through the NFL Regional Combine in 2012 and was a long time member of the Green Bay Packers before he was released last year.
Robenson Therezie made an impression with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015; however, they did not have the defensive back from Auburn in the future plans towards their Super Bowl run this year as they released him in December.
Justin Zimmer is a freakish defensive tackle with a combination of speed, power and athleticism. Zimmer attended the Houston-held RC last year. The Buffalo Bills entertained Zimmer last season before being released.
Now, the 6-3, 291-pound Division-II standout is primed to pound Saints’ opponents for the upcoming season.
Who will join Zimmer and the others with the Saints from the 2017 New Orleans-held RC trials?
The Saints will definitely be watching, along with several squads around the league.
Check out the list of defensive prospects:
Richard Allen – Tulane
Donatello Brown – Valdosta State
Xavier Coleman – Portland State
Austin Davis – Kean
Lecorey Demease – Louisiana College
Levontre Edwards – Angelo State
Zachary Franklin – Washburn
Jeffrey Hall – Nicholls State
Kelvin Jenkins – Jacksonville
Decorian Johnson – McMurry
Wayne Johnson – South Alabama
Brandon Lee – Wayne State, Michigan
Kavoderic McIntyre – McPherson
Korey Rogan – Indianapolis
Marcus Sayles – West Georgia
Cameron Stubbs – Dayton
Shannon Swain – Saint Francis, Ind.
DeVante Thomas – Chadron State
Laronji Vason – West Georgia
Keshawn Walker – Northern Michigan
Justin Barnes – Arizona Christian
Jeremy Boykins – Central Florida
Antonio Brown – William Penn
Ray Buchanan – Northern Iowa
Chris Cooley – Lenoir-Rhyne
Christopher Cooley – Delta State
Dominique Martin – Tarleton State
La’Darius Newbold – Illinois State
Devontre Parnell – Southern Mississippi
John Payne – Eastern Oregon
Demari Reynolds – Adams State
Clim Robbins – Central State, Ohio
Jordan Stargell – University of Monticello
Christian Taylor – Houston Baptist
Khalil Thomas – McNeese State
Deonte Wilson – Florida International
Case Woodard – Catawba
Alfred Ansley – Florida Atlantic
Jahvez Barnes – Northwestern State, La.
Tyler Bloyer – Northern Colorado
Jarell Boyd-Ross – Bloomsburg
Wesley Brandon – Adams State
Derrick Bryant – Indianapolis
Kalliy Ceesay – Eastern Oregon
Anthony Cesar – Wagner
Valorian Cunningham – Wayne State, Mich.
Wilson Curtis – Delta State
Taron Divens – Southeast Missouri
Zachary Dunston – Virginia Union
Deshawntee Gallon – Georgia Southern
Kenny Moore – Valdosta State
Maurice Payne – Tabor
Cedric Poole – Miles
Lindzell Rhodes – Virginia Union
Lloyd Robinson – Arkansas-Monticello
Brenaska Sanders – Nicholls State
Tyler Stewart – Cumberland
Bradley Street – Alabama State
Q’niko Thomas – Southern Arkansas
Jerod Boykins – Central Florida
Bruce Brittingham – Minn. State-Mankato
Joshua Burton – Weber State
La Donald Byrd – Ferrum
Jonovan Cotton – Southern Nazarene
Derrick Fulmore – Slippery Rock
Robert Gardner – Southeastern Oklahoma
Vasquez Haynes – Abilene Christian
Stonewall Hunter – Louisiana Monroe
Michael James – Alderson Broaddus
Justin Jemison – Jackson State
Josh Monteagudo – Emporia State
Jordan Moore – Texas-San Antonio
Jhaleel Oswald – LIU Post
Keith Reineke – Mary Hardin-Baylor
James Rivers – North Alabama
Jacob Schmidt – Mary Hardin-Baylor
Stephen Thayer – Missouri Valley
Brian Walker – Fort Valley State
Darrain Winston – Baker
Austin Clark – Morehouse
Justus Dauscha – Cumberland
Roper Garrett – Southeast Missouri
Rudolph Johnson – Louisiana College
Pat Miller – Stephen F. Austin
Ronald Perry -Northwestern State, La.
Shawn Stephens – Northwestern State, La.
Eric Thomas – Tulane
Stephen Williams – Benedict
Royce Asi – Oklahoma Panhandle State
Arkez Cooper – Grambling
Sentorio Dennis – Delta State
Jamari Ford – Miles
Joshua Hill – Merrimack
Derrick Hogan – Sterling
Corey Mitchell – New Haven
Ferlindo Vincent – Kentucky Wesleyan
Jalen Williams-Luke – Arkansas Tech
Willie Duncan – Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Eddrick Harris – North Alabama
Nathan Jernigan – Cumberland
Marcus Lee – Savannah State
Stephan Lewis – Kean
DeMarcus Nolan – Livingstone College
Nickolas Ortiz – Dickinson State, N.D.
Luke Stice – Texas Tech
Anthony Zappone – Slippery Rock
Terrance Bush – Bowling Green
David Coleman – Kean
Jareid Combs – North Texas
Dvonta Derricott – Arkansas Tech
Addison Ellicott – Southwestern
Stacey Garner – Alcorn State
Braxton Moore – Louisiana-Monroe
Jarrian Roberts – North Texas
Romairal Allen – Arkansas-Monticello
Justin Broussard – Southwestern
Christopher Casher – Faulkner
Jessie Clark – Montana State
Torrey Dale – Mississippi State
Christian Ferratti – Northwestern Oklahoma State
Demetris Ford – Arkansas Tech
Frederick Henry-Ajudua – North Carolina Central
Brian Khoury – Carnegie Mellon
Jemarcus Marshall – Northwestern State, La.
John Popovich – Southeast Missouri
Denzel Whitfield – Florida Atlantic
Khalil Young – Mississippi Valley
Laren Fairley – Delta State
Garron Featherston – Northwestern State, la.
Rostell King – Central Arkansas
Villiami Latu – Arizona State
Derrick Lyles – Texas Southern
Keyso Moss – Missouri S&T
Shalom Ogbonda – Florida Atlantic
Uso Olive – Central Washington
Myles Overton – Northern Colorado
Nhigel Phillips – Albany State, Ga.
Darnell Vickers – West Liberty State
Cortney Stinnett – Oklahoma Panhandle State
Alex Jenkins – Incarnate Word
E.J. Parnell – North Alabama
Corey Vereen – Tennessee
James York – Fayetteville State
Karmichael Dunbar – Louisiana-Lafayette
Patrick Graffree – Eastern Kentucky
Jensen Jackson – Harding
Joshua Manley – Campbell
Alex Pace – Cincinnati
Dean Tsopanides – New Haven
Edward Vinson – Emporia State
Steve Wallace – Lindsey Wilson
Leonard Washington – Florida International
Malik Young – Williams Penn
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