Draft 2020 has concluded with Saints selected only four players. Sean Payton admitted during the third day, that they are shifting their focus onto the free agency pool. Here are the results:
Marquez Callaway, WR, Tennessee per Adam Caplan
Saints do continue their trend of snagging former Volunteer players, signing speedy WR from Knoxville. Callaway is a lengthy deep threat, whose speed may end up in the final roster. He fits nicely with former colleagues like Shy Tuttle and Alvin Kamara bringing the skillset that Saints are lacking in their WR corps. In his last season, he caught 30 passes for 635 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Calvin Throckmorton, OT, Oregon per Katherine Terrell
Versatile and experienced tackle, who comes from one of the best offensive lines in the college. Throckmorton was lauded for his technique and character throughout his Oregon career and offseason preparations. Second-team All-American in 2018 and 2019. Played primarily on the right side, but has the experience as a guard and center. He received a $12,500 signing bonus and $123,500 guaranteed.
Jordan Steckler, OT/G, Northern Illiinois per Brett Tessler
Another versatile lineman, who played both guard and tackle, was voted 1st team All-MAC and received an award for the best OL in the team. One of the team captains, who played every single snap for Huskies and 2019. Per his agent, he drew big interest. Projected tackle in the NFL. Received $90,000 in guarantees.
Malcolm Roach, IDL, Texas per Tom Pelissero
Baton Rouge native with experience in multiple positions. Roach was a key part of the Longhorns defensive line and ended up his season with 40 tackles, 9 TFL, 3 sacks, defended pass, and a blocked kick. Team captain. Projects as a hybrid 3-tech with his power and mobility. Roach received $95,000 in guarantees.
Darrin Paulo, OT, Utah per Utah University’s Official Twitter
Four-year starter on the Utes offensive line, who was a key contributor in a potent rushing offense in 2019. Started all 14 games on the left tackle and was voted 1st team All-American in the PAC-12 conference.
Tony Jones Jr., RB, Notre Dame per Matt Freeman
A hard-nosed, physical runner with one season of starting experience. While lacking in speed and agility, Jones has a very nice vision to pair with his force and was praised for his pass blocking. Rushed for 857 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2019.
Keith Washington, CB, West Virginia per John Hendrix
Long and athletic corner, who excelled at the East-West Shrine Game. Washington dominated at the all-star game and has timed 4.38 on the 40-yard dash. Has experience both in the man and zone, as his quickness allows him to flourish in both schemes, especially in off-coverage techniques. 2nd All-Big12 team in 2019.
According to Nick Underhill, Washington will get $95K guaranteed in his deal.
Joe Bachie, LB, Michigan State per NFL Draft Diamonds
Touch and intelligent linebacker, with three years off starting experience and tremendous leadership. Lack the athletic abilities and was suspended for PEDs in 2019, but in the two seasons prior he broke one hundred tackle threshold and was extremely productive both in running and passing game.
Juwan Johnson, WR, Oregon per Tom Pelissero
Big and long wide receiver, whose calling card is physicality. He has enough athletic ability, but he’s very raw technically. Never came close to tapping into his potential. Had issues with drops and hasn’t produced much in his career, both at Penn State and Oregon. His physicality is visible in the running game, where he also shines with effort. Played in kick coverage in his career. 30 catches for 467 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2019.
Per Aaron Wilson, Johnson will receive $85K guaranteed in his deal.
Gus Cumberlander, DL, Oregon per Nick Underhill
Very long defensive end with upside. Brings in 6’7 250 body with solid athletic ability, but is very raw and has little experience. Did not produce well throughout his career. Played in double-digit games only once in his career and injury ended his 2019 season after only 5 games. Had just 7 tackles and 1.5 sacks in those 5 games.
Tino Ellis, CB, Maryland per Tino Ellis
Former wide receiver, who converted to the defense in Annapolis. Long and physical corner with experience in man and zone. Aggressive at the point of catch and does well to position himself. His technique is holding him back and needs refinement. Was primed for a breakout season, but it ended after few games due to injury. Ellis received $17,500 in guarantees.
Blake Gillikin, P, Penn State via Penn State University’s official Twitter
Four-year starter on Nittany Lions, who also excelled academically, having the highest GPA on the whole team. Team captain in 2019.
Adrian Magee, OL, LSU via Mike Triplett
Big and powerful lineman, who started on championship winning LSU team. Magee lined up primarily at left guard, but did also start and left tackle. Imposing at the LOS and at point of attack. Native of Franklinton, LA.