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AFR: Ranking the Saints' rookies

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The NFL learning curve is different for every rookie in the league. Some look lost; while others look like seasoned veterans right away. The Saints have a bigger rookie class this year and some have made an immediate impression.

Here's how I would rank their impact through six practices (list contains full draft class and some, not all, undrafted free agents).

1.) Stephone Anthony LB

Anthony looks like he's been in the NFL for a decade. The game is not too fast or too big for him, and he's very confident in what he is asked to do. Anthony has been with the first team at middle linebacker for quite a while now. I don't see how the coaches will be able to put him back on the second team ever again.

Anthony has been by far the most impressive rookie to date.

2.) Bobby Richardson DL

Richardson has come from out of nowhere to consistently turn heads at practice. He is explosive along the defensive line and has more than held his own during lineman drills. In fact, he's even been dominant at times. Through one week, Richardson has become the undrafted gem of camp.

3.) Hau'Oli Kikaha OLB/DE

Kikaha has floated between the first and second teams at outside linebacker and defensive end. I'm not sure coverage will ever be his strong suit. However, he has been effective rushing the passer, depending on who is blocking him. On Wednesday, against Bryce Harris, Kikaha had two sacks. But when he's faced Terron Armstead, he did not make an impact.


4.) Tyeler Davison DT

Davison has caught my eye a few times throughout camp. He is very stout and powerful. He's labeled as a run-stuffer but has also been able to get solid penetration on passing downs as well. He looks like a solid rotation player along the front line.

5.) Andurs Peat OT

Peat is a work in progress. His athleticism and stature is there. But at times he looks completely inadequate against the grown men across from him. He had a rough day the first day in pads during one-on-one lineman drills. He had a solid effort Wednesday.

6.) Damian Swann CB

Swann has been decent thus far. He hasn't really had any 'wow' plays, but sometimes as a cornerback, that just means you haven't had many opportunities thrown your way.


7.) Henry Coley LB

Another undrafted, unknown player who's been very active. At linebacker, Coley has had few hits that made me go back and check who #52 is.

8.) Garrett Grayson QB

Grayson is simply not comfortable enough with the system right now. At times it's obvious he's thinking about what he is doing as opposed to it being second nature. However, even with that, I've seen some glimpses of why the Saints like him.

9.) Sean Hickey G

Hickey stood out to me during one-on-one lineman drills. He's been very consistent in his blocking as the backup left guard behind Jahri Evans.

10.) P.J. Williams CB

This ranking is not performance-based. Williams has just been injured for the last few practices.

11.) Davis Tull OLB/DE

Tull has been injured for all of training camp.

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