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Monday, May 12, 2014
Saints announce list of 17 undrafted rookies

By Mike Triplett

The New Orleans Saints officially confirmed they have agreed to deals with 17 undrafted rookies -- a group that is headlined by Rutgers receiver Brandon Coleman. Here's the team's release, including bios on each player.

Coleman (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) is an intriguing prospect who is physically reminiscent of Saints weapons like Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham. Scouts Inc. rated him as the 89th overall prospect heading into this year's draft class and singled him out as the best undrafted player .

A knee injury in 2013 (torn meniscus) may have contributed to Coleman's fallen draft stock. He went from 43 catches, 718 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012 to 34-538-4 last year.

Some other intriguing names on the Saints' list: Middle Tennessee State quarterback Logan Kilgore, Sam Houston State running back Tim Flanders (the next great running back find for the Saints?) and Grand Valley State center Matthew Armstrong (back-to-back years unearthing linemen from that school following Tim Lelito in 2012).

The Saints' official list matches mostly with the names that were reported from various sources on Saturday night. There is one new addition -- McNeese State TE Nic Jacobs -- and two omissions.

Neither West Texas A&M kicker Sergio Castillo nor New Mexico State linebacker TraShaun Nixon are on the official list. It's possible they were only invited on a tryout basis, or it's possible that plans have changed.

Here's the Saints' official list:

QB Logan Kilgore, Middle Tennessee State
RB Tim Flanders, Sam Houston State
WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
WR Seantavius Jones, Valdosta State
TE Je'Ron Hamm, Louisiana-Monroe
TE Nic Jacobs, McNeese State
OL Matthew Armstrong, Grand Valley State
OL Micajah Reynolds, Michigan State
DL Brandon McCray, Louisiana-Lafayette
DL George Uko, USC
DL Lawrence Virgil, Valdosta State
OLB Kasim Edebali, Boston College
OLB Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Colorado
LB Spencer Hadley, BYU
DB Brian Dixon, Northwest Missouri State
S Pierre Warren, Jacksonville State
S Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State