A breakdown of the 2016 New Orleans Saints draft class and its progress after two weeks of training camp.
Sheldon Rankins, DT, first round: The athletic big man made his biggest splash yet Tuesday with a rare interception against Tom Brady in a joint practice with the New England Patriots. Rankins also had a nice moment in Thursday's preseason opener, shutting down a screen pass. Other than that, Rankins has been more solid than spectacular so far. His athleticism is evident, but it's hard to stand out too much as an interior defensive lineman when teams don't do a lot of live tackling in practice.
Michael Thomas, WR, second round: When is it OK to declare someone a "preseason superstar?" Thomas' legend kept growing with two more fantastic catches in the preseason opener -- continuing what he started early in training camp. Most importantly, coach Sean Payton and New Orleans' quarterbacks are talking about the trust they have quickly developed in Thomas, who attacks the ball at its highest point and really uses his 6-foot-3, 212-pound frame. Whether he's the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver, he looks poised to make an early impact.
Vonn Bell, S, second round: Bell, meanwhile, had a disappointing debut Thursday, dropping a potential interception and taking a poor angle on a 44-yard touchdown run. He is an impressive athlete who has shown a nose for the ball in practice with two interceptions in full-team drills -- including one against Drew Brees on the first day of training camp. But he's still a work in progress who projects as a rotational backup for now.
David Onyemata, DT/DE, fourth round: Another one who's hard to gauge since he plays inside the d-line. Plus, he's a developmental project who just learned the game of football in Canada five years ago after growing up in Nigeria. Onyemata let at least one big run sneak by him Thursday night. But the potential is evident, and Payton praised Onyemata for his progress last week.
Daniel Lasco, RB, seventh round: It's hard to imagine Lasco seeing the field as a running back this year since the position is so crowded. But he has shown some flashes as a power back, which should continue in preseason games against backup defenses. And the Saints like his potential to be a core special teams player on kick coverage. He showed why with a nice tackle on Thursday.