New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced on Sunday, May 1 that the club had agreed to terms with the following recruits following the conclusion of the NFL Draft; defensive backs DaMarcus Fields, Vincent Gray and Jack Koerner, safety Smoke Monday, linebackers Joel Dublanko, Isaiah Pryor and Nephi Sewell, offensive linemen Sage Doxtater, Lewis Kidd, Derek Schweiger and Eric Wilson, kicker John Parker Romo , punter Daniel Whelan, running back Abram Smith, tight end Lucas Krul and wide receivers Rashid Shaheed and Dai’Jean Dixon.
Fields, 6-foot, 200 pounds, was a five-year-old man of letters for Texas Tech, who played in 55 contests and started a school-record 49 career games and finished his Red Raider career with 224 tackles (182 in solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, four fumbles recovered, four forced fumbles and 45 passes defended. He was ranked second among FBS players at the end of the season in career assists defended. The Taylor, Texas native’s 45 passes defended scored the most for a Red Raider in his career dating back to 2000. As a super senior in 2021, he played 12 games with 11 starts and totaled 50 tackles (41 solo) from cornerback, including four who suffered a loss and also recorded a fumble recovery and 11 team-leading pass breakups, earning second-team All-Star recognition. Big 12. As a senior in 2020, he played eight games with six starts in a Covid-19-abbreviated college season and had 31 tackles (28 solo) on the year, including one that ended in a defeat, to accompany a forced fumble. , a recovered fumble and a team-leading 11-pass breakup, as he earned conference honors in a coaches’ vote.
Gray, 6-foot-2, 192, was a four-year-old letters player for Michigan, where in 35 career games with 21 starts at cornerback, he had 91 tackles and added 5.0 tackles for loss, one sack and 16 pass breakups. In 2021, the native of Rochester Hills, Michigan was voted by Big Ten Conference media as a third team selection, when he started all 14 games and recorded 46 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and eight career-defining pass breakups. -highs in every statistical category as the Wolverines reached the college football playoffs.
Koerner, 6-0, 204, was a four-year letterman and three-year free safety starter for Iowa, where he had 217 career tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 10 assists defended, one forced fumble, two fumbles. recoveries and a blocked kick. As a senior in 2021, the Des Moines, Iowa native recorded 89 tackles, 3.5 saves for loss, two interceptions and three passes defended, while earning an All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches. of the league and the media.
Monday, 6-3, 199, played in 50 career games with 25 starts at Auburn and finished career with 172 tackles (106 solo), 17 saves for loss, six sacks, one forced fumble, five interceptions and 11 assists defended. As a senior in 2021, the Atlanta native started all 13 games he appeared in and finished with 64 tackles (45 solo), nine saves for loss, two sacks, a 36-yard interception return for one touchdown and six passes defended.
Dublanko, 6-3, 240, was a five-year-old Cincinnati man of letters who earned All-AAC first-team accolades in 2021 as the Bearcats advanced to the college football playoffs. In 64 career games, the Aberdeen, Washington native finished with 233 saves and in 2021 led the team with 113 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovered, an interception and a pass defense.
Pryor, 6-2, 217, was a five-year man of letters at Ohio State (2017-19) and Notre Dame (2020-21), who played in 52 career games with eight starts and finished with 97 tackles, six saves for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble, nine passes defended and one interception. In 2021, the Lawrenceville, Georgia native played in 13 games with four starts for Notre Dame and finished with a college career-high 42 saves, three tackles for loss, one sack and one pass defense.
Sewell, 6-0, 226 was a five-year letters player at Nevada (2017-19) and Utah (2020-21), who played safety his first three college seasons before moving to linebacker with the Utes. In five college seasons, the St. George, Utah native played in 44 games and finished with 254 tackles, 22.5 saves for loss, five interceptions, 10 passes defended, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. In 2021, he ranked second on Utah with 89 tackles, racking up 7.5 saves for loss, one interception and one forced fumble.
Doxtater, 6-6, 316, is a native of London, Ont., who played collegiately at New Mexico State, who played at left tackle for the Aggies, starting 48 of 50 career games in which he has cheek.
Kidd, 6-6, 311, was a four-year man of letters at Montana State, finishing his college career with 48 straight starts at guard and tackle. In 2021, the Minneapolis native moved from inside to tackle and was a consensus FCS first-team All-American.
Schweiger, 6-3, 325, was a four-year-old from 2018-21 and a two-year starter the past two seasons at left guard at Iowa State. In 2021, the Plymouth, Minnesota native started all 13 games and helped the Cyclones record their fourth-best scoring average (31.3) and fifth-best total offensive average (424.5) in franchise history. school. In 2020, he was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by league coaches as he blocked for a Cyclones offense that broke the school record for rushing touchdowns (31) and posted the second best scoring offense (32.9) in school history.
Wilson, 6-4, 307 played at Harvard from 2017-20 (the team did not play in 2020 due to Covid-19), before transferring to Penn State for his final season of eligibility. In 2021, the Minnestrista, Minnesota native appeared in 13 games with 12 starts on guard for the Nittany Lions.
Romo, 5-11, 175, started his college career at Tulsa in 2018, before transferring to Virginia Tech for his final three seasons. After serving as a kickoff specialist for the Hokies from 2019-2020, the Peachtree City, Georgia native returned to kicking duties in 2021 and made 18 of 22 field goal attempts, the 34 PAT and totaled 30 touchdowns to earn third team PFF All-ACC.
Whelan, is from Enniskerry, Wicklow, Ireland, who has lived in the United States with his family for the past decade and was booted at the University of California-Davis. The 6-6 Whelan, who attended high school in Rancho Mirage, Calif., threw 52 times for 2,421 yards (46.6 avg.) in his senior season in 2021.
Smith, 6-0, 213, was a four-year-old Baylor man of letters who had a breakout campaign in 2021 as he set the Bears single-season rushing record (1,621 yards) and ranked fifth nationally with 12 touchdowns. The Abilene, Texas native earned second-team All-Big 12 honors by setting a Bears school record with nine 100-yard rushing performances. In 2020, Baylor coaches asked him to play linebacker, where he had four season-ending starts and finished the campaign with 48 tackles and one sack.
Krull, 6-6, 260, ended his college football career with two seasons in Pittsburgh, after playing two years in Florida (2018-19) and two years (2017-18) as a college baseball pitcher at Jefferson College (Mo.). The Shawnee, Kansas native was selected to the All-ACC Second Team in 2021, when he played in 14 games with 11 starts and compiled 38 receptions for 451 yards and six touchdowns. Krull was selected in the 34th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants before moving to football permanently.
Shaheed, 6-0, 180, was a five-year man of letters at Weber State, who finished his college career as the FCS’ all-time leader in kickoff return touchdowns with seven. He finished as Weber State’s all-time leader in kickoff return average at 29.1 yards per return and had 5,478 all-purpose yards in 53 games. He also recorded 146 catches for 2,164 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2021, the San Diego native earned multiple All-America first-team honors as a kick returner and punt returner, as he had two kickoff return touchdowns. Shaheed also had 39 receptions for 695 yards and four wide scores.
Dixon, 6-4, 200, is a New Orleans native who prepped at Edna Karr High School and then enjoyed a stellar career at Nicholls State. During his college career, Dixon had 236 receptions for 3,802 yards and 35 touchdowns.