Saints sign two rookies after auditions


The New Orleans Saints have apparently signed two of the undrafted rookies that tried out during this weekend’s rookie minicamp -- Tulane running back Derrick Strozier and Illinois receiver Steve Hull. Both players announced the news via Twitter.

Strozier (5-feet-7, 180 pounds) was actually a standout cornerback for the Green Wave last year. But he spent time at both positions in college, and Saints coach Sean Payton said on Saturday that Strozier chose to try out as a running back.

“To his credit, I think he felt his chances were better with his size at that position than maybe playing defensive back,” Payton said. “I know he was their player of the year on defense and played a big role in their success. Very quickly you can see why. He is smart and he understands what we are doing, and it seems to come pretty quickly to him.

“He has really good hands. He is quick. He has been impressive just in this short brief three practice window.”

In his tweet, Strozier referenced former college teammate Devon Walker -- who was paralyzed from the neck down during a game in 2012 but still realized his dream of signing a contract with the Saints on Saturday:

"Just officially joined my bro @D_Walker_ as a member of the New Orleans Saints #Blessed #Who Dat," Strozier tweeted.

Hull (6-1, 198) was also a converted defensive back who finished with a flurry last year at Illinois. He led the nation in the month of November with 46 catches for 712 yards in five games. He finished the year with 59 catches for 993 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Saints also plan to sign veteran outside linebacker Cheta Ozougwu after his weekend tryout, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.