The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with 19 undrafted free agents. Here’s a closer look at each player:
Landon Turner, G, North Carolina: Turner could make the biggest impact from this group based on both need and talent. The Saints didn’t draft any guards despite being thin at the position. Turner (6-foot-4, 325 pounds), was a first-team All-American last season and a three-year starter for the Tar Heels at right guard. I also wrote Monday about how Turner’s return to New Orleans was “meant to be” after he toured the Saints’ facility while on a Katrina mission when he was 14 years old.
Jack Allen, C, Michigan State: Allen is another standout interior lineman who was probably drawn to New Orleans by the opportunity to compete for a key role. The 6-2, 296-pounder was also a first-team All-American after starting for four years (mostly at center, but five games at left guard, too). He is the second-highest rated player on this list by ESPN/Scouts Inc. (No. 184 overall), behind only safety Trae Elston.
Joseph Cheek, G, Texas A&M: The Saints loaded up on talent in the interior line. Cheek (6-7, 311) was rated No. 284 overall by ESPN/Scouts Inc. He was a two-year starter at right guard.
Marcus Henry, C, Boise State: Yet another strong option in the middle of the line, the 6-3, 293-pounder earned first-team All-Mountain West honors as both a junior and senior.
Ryker Matthews, OT/G, BYU: A versatile option, the 6-6, 320-pound Matthews started 33 career games at both tackle and guard.
Jared Dangerfield, WR, Western Kentucky: The 6-3, 215-pounder caught 82 passes for 844 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior -- breaking his own school record for receptions from one year earlier. He had 69 catches, 825 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior after transferring from Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College. The Saints now have a lot of big receivers in camp after drafting Ohio State’s Michael Thomas in Round 2.
Jordan Williams-Lambert, WR, Ball State: Another big receiver, the 6-3, 228-pounder was a former teammate of Saints breakout receiver Willie Snead. Williams-Lambert caught 72 passes for 920 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He was a second-team All-Mid American Conference selection and had 24 career touchdowns.
Tommylee Lewis, WR/KR, Northern Illinois: Lewis (5-7, 168) battled injuries over his final two years but had a monster year in 2013 with 1,405 all-purpose yards, earning him first-team All Mid-American Conference honors. He scored TDs via rush, pass, catch and kickoff return during his career.
Sione Houma, FB, Michigan: The 6-foot, 243-pounder was a contributor on both offense and special teams in his four-year career. He had 43 carries for 184 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.
Trae Elston, S, Ole Miss: The highest-rated player on this list by ESPN/Scouts Inc. (No. 154), Elston was a second-team All-American last year. As a senior, he had 70 tackles, 18 pass defenses and four interceptions -- including two returned for touchdowns. The 5-11, 176-pounder started 44 games in his career with 252 tackles, four picks and 34 pass defenses.
Mike Caputo, S, Wisconsin: The 6-1, 206-pounder was a three-year starter for the Badgers. He was a first-team All-Big Ten safety last year (along with Saints second-round draft pick Vonn Bell). He had 65 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior.
Ken Crawley, CB, Colorado: The 6-1, 180-pounder played in 47 career games and ranks third in school history with 36 pass defenses, including 13 last year. He had 201 career tackles and three career interceptions, including one last year.
De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M: Harris’ dad, Rod, was a punt returner for the Saints in 1989. The 5-11, 190-pounder was a four-year letterman who had two interceptions last season, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He had 171 tackles, four interceptions and 24 pass defenses in his career.
D.J. Pettway, DL, Alabama: A rotational player on the Crimson Tide’s dominant defensive line, Pettway was ranked 276th by ESPN/Scouts Inc. The 6-2, 270-pounder had 18 tackles, two sacks and five tackles for loss as a senior -- plus two blocked field goals, including one in the national championship game.
Mitchell Loewen, DL, Arkansas: The 6-5, 275-pounder played five different positions on both sides of the ball in his four-year career. He had 31 career tackles with two career sacks -- and also caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. He missed the final three games last season with a broken foot.
Dillon Lee, LB, Alabama: Another national champ, Lee played four years for the Tide on both defense and special teams. The 6-4, 242-pounder had 27 tackles, one sack and two interceptions as a senior.
Jeff Schoettmer, LB, North Carolina: The 6-2, 235-pounder began his career as a walk-on and finished as a defensive captain. He started 38 career games and had 97 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior.
Dominique Tovell, LB, Louisiana-Lafayette: A first-team All-Sun Belt selection as a senior, Tovell had 79 tackles, seven sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles last season. He had 238 tackles and 13 sacks in his career.