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New Orleans Saints draft needs: 5 small school players who can turn them into contenders

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has a year or two left but they better find his replacement soon. Brees is everything you want in a quarterback, but their replacement is flying under the radar!

Drew Brees to Michael Thomas was quite the connection last season for the New Orleans Saints. Add in the fact that the Saints have an amazing run game with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, they are not that far away from contending right now. Last year, we all know they were robbed in the playoffs by the refs, but we found a few small schoolers who can help put the Saints over the top. Their biggest draft needs are tight end, defensive tackle, running back, quarterback and linebacker, so let’s find them some sleepers!

Brandon Dillon, TE, Marian University – Every year it seems Marian has a player that comes out of nowhere and makes an NFL roster. Dillon is that guy. He recently played in the NFLPA Bowl and he looks the part. He is likely a priority free agent, but he can help Brees and the Saints immediately.

Iseoluwapo Jegede, DT, Valdosta State – The 6060, 280 pound Nigerian sensation is a dog in the middle of the field. The Saints love sleepers and this kid makes tons of sense. He is likely a priority free agent and would come in and help their rotation right away.

Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock – The Saints already have the best one/two punch in the NFL, but adding a player like Hills makes a ton of sense. Hills can catch well and he runs hard. He is the perfect third down back, and future replacement of Mark Ingram. The Saints may have to use a late round pick on Hills.

Taryn Christion, QB, South Dakota State– The Saints have Drew Brees and if he plays anything like he did last season, he may have another year or two under his belt. Eventually though he will need a replacement and Christion makes sense. He is a great player with the ability to run. He will likely be an undrafted free agent, but this would be smart for the Saints to kick the tires on him.

Pete Swenson, OLB, Western Illinois – There is something about Pete Swenson that get’s me excited when I watch his film. He is relentless and flies all over the field. I think he is one of the drafts biggest sleepers, and the Saints can land him likely with a late round pick or sign him as a priority free agent. He fits the mold of a Saints linebacker, and just makes sense.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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