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7-9, 3rd in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton on Saints' deal with Terron Armstead: "Excited for him. He's worked extremely hard at becoming an outstanding left tackle."

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Saints lock up key cog Terron Armstead (1:16)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints are signing LT Terron Armstead to a five-year extension, per ESPN's Josina Anderson. Makes perfect sense, since Armstead is arguably the second-best player on the team behind QB Drew Brees and was scheduled to be a free agent after this season. Sean Payton said last year he wouldn't trade him for any other LT in the league.

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Court denies heirs' petition to hear Benson appeal

The Louisiana high court denied on Monday a request to hear an appeal from the heirs of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson in their two-year battle to have him declared mentally incompetent.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The rest of the Saints' list of 19 undrafted free agents: Texas A&M G Joseph Cheek, Boise State C Marcus Henry, BYU OT/G Ryker Matthews, Auburn OT Avery Young, Western Kentucky WR Jared Dangerfield, Ball State WR Jordan Williams-Lambert, Northern Illinois WR Tommylee Lewis, Michigan FB Sione Houma, Wisconsin S Mike Caputo, Colorado CB Ken Crawley, Texas A&M CB De'Vante Harris, Alabama DL D.J. Pettway, Arkansas DL Mitchell Loewen, Alabama LB Dillon Lee, North Carolina LB Jeff Schoettmer and Louisiana-Lafayette LB Dominique Tovell.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints officially announced their undrafted free agent class, which includes a whopping 19 players. After ignoring the offensive line the draft, they loaded up with two first-team All-Americans (North Carolina guard Landon Turner and Michigan State center Jack Allen). Their highest-rated player, per ESPN/Scouts Inc., is Ole Miss safety Trae Elston.

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Saints kept focus on defense

Mel Kiper Jr. thinks New Orleans put together "not a bad draft" by addressing needs on defense, but they failed to add an outside linebacker. What overall grade did Kiper give the Saints for their efforts? NFL draft grades (Insider)

Saints' best pick: Vonn Bell

The Ohio State product, taken at No. 61, is the best cover safety in the draft. and New Orleans needs that after allowing the second-most passing yards in the NFL last season. Todd McShay (Insider)

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Rankins leads the way for 'hog mollies'

The Saints' first-round selection of Sheldon Rankins started a run of "hog mollies," or "big dudes," as 21 defensive tackles were taken in the first five rounds. Ten draft takeaways

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Saints get C-plus for draft that started strong, ran out of steam (1:33)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

GM Mickey Loomis admitted the Saints came close to running out of time before they turned in their fourth-round pick of DT David Onyemata. "We didn't pass. It was close, though," Loomis said. "That was a product of the trade and getting the OK and getting the kid's name spelled right. ... There's a lot of vowels in this kid's name."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

GM Mickey Loomis said he reminded everyone in his pre-draft press conference that he tends to favor moving up and going to get a guy the Saints want -- which they did twice in this year's draft. He said they looked for possibilities to move down but didn't materialize.

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NFL draft trade tracker

A full look at all the moves made during the NFL draft, broken down by team.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints RB Daniel Lasco's final year at Cal was hampered by injuries. But he dominated the scouting combine. His broad jump of 11 feet, 3 inches was an all-time record for RBs at the combine. And his vertical leap of 41.5 inches was tied with DB Jalen Ramsey for the best among any player at any position this year.

Team Stats

Passing Yards310.61st
Rushing Yards93.224th
Points For25.58th
Points Against29.832nd

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