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Saints confirm signing of 19 undrafted free agents

The Saints signed 19 undrafted free agents to contracts. (FOX 8 Photo) The Saints signed 19 undrafted free agents to contracts. (FOX 8 Photo)
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In addition to the five-player draft class,the Saints also signed 19 undrafted free agents. Per the team's release, here are the players:

Jack Allen – Offensive lineman, Michigan State (6-2, 296): Allen was a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Spartans. He played in 48 career games, including 47 starts (42 at center, five at left guard). As a senior in 2015, the Hinsdale, Ill. native was a consensus first-team All-American, starting 12 games at center for the Spartans, including the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl.

Mike Caputo – Defensive back, Wisconsin (6-1, 206): The West Allegheny, Pa. native was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at safety for Wisconsin. He played in 53 games with 40 total starts and finished his career with 244 tackles (144 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 20 passes defensed. As a senior, he was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection when he started all 13 games for the Badgers and ranked fourth on the team with 65 tackles, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and 10 passes defensed.

Joseph Cheek – Offensive lineman, Texas A&M (6-7, 311): The Seguin, Texas native was a two-year starter at right guard for Texas A&M. He played in 51 games with 22 total starts, including opening all 13 contests as a senior in 2015 when the Aggies gained an average of 424.7 total yards per game.Ken Crawley – Defensive back, Colorado (6-1, 180): Crawley, a Washington, D.C. native, played in 47 career games at cornerback for the Buffaloes and recorded 201 tackles (165 solo), eight tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, 36 passes defensed and three interceptions. His pass defensed total ranks third in school history. As a senior in 2015, he started all 13 games at right cornerback and recorded 46 tackles (40 solo), an interception, 13 passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

Jared Dangerfield – Wide receiver, Western Kentucky (6-3, 215): Dangerfield, who is a native of West Palm Beach, Fla., played in all 14 games with 12 starts for Western Kentucky as a senior and smashed the school receiving record he set the prior year, by recording 82 receptions for 844 yards with eight touchdowns, earning Honorable Mention All-Conference USA honors. In two seasons at Western Kentucky after transferring from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, Dangerfield played in 27 games with 26 starts and finished with 151 receptions for 1,669 yards with 19 touchdowns.

Trae Elston – Defensive back, Mississippi (5-11, 176): Elston was a four-year starter at safety for Mississippi, finishing his career playing in 50 games with 44 starts and recording 252 tackles (153 solo), 11 tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, four interceptions and 34 passes defensed. As a senior in 2015, he was an Associated Press second-team All-American and opened all 13 games, recording 70 tackles (44 solo), five tackles for loss, four interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns and 18 passes defensed.

De’Vante Harris – Defensive Back, Texas A&M (5-11, 190): Harris was a four-year letterman for the Aggies and produced career totals of 171 tackles (121 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions and 24 passes defensed. The Mesquite, Texas native contributed 31 tackles (25 solo), two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown and eight passes defensed as a senior in 2015. His father Rod, was also a former Texas A&M standout and played in the NFL for three years, including handling punt return duties for New Orleans in 1989.

Marcus Henry – Offensive lineman, Boise State (6-3, 293): Henry spent four years on the offensive line at Boise State where he received several honors including All-Mountain West first team honors as both a junior and a senior. As a senior, the Bellevue, Wash. native opened all 13 games at center, anchoring the offensive line of the Mountain West’s top-scoring offense (39.1 ppg.) and top-ranked total offense (501.3 ypg.), each of which also ranked 15th in the FBS.

Sione Houma – Running back, Michigan (6-0, 243): A four-year contributor on both offense and special teams for the Wolverines. The Salt Lake City native played in 12 games with two starts as a senior in 2015 and carried 43 times for 185 yards with one touchdown and made eight receptions for 77 yards.

Dillon Lee – Linebacker, Alabama (6-4, 242): Lee is a Buford, Ga. native who contributed on both defense and special teams for four seasons. As a senior in 2015, he played in all 15 games for the College Football Playoff champions and recorded 27 tackles (16 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions and one pass defensed.

Tommylee Lewis – Wide receiver, Northern Illinois (5-7, 168): An honorable mention All-American and first-team All Mid-American Conference selection in 2013 when he accounted for 1,405 all-purpose yards on 133 touches, Lewis shook off injuries that caused him to miss the entire 2014 season and four games in 2015 to finish with 34 receptions for 398 yards with three touchdowns in 10 contests as a fifth-year senior.

Mitchell Loewen – Defensive lineman, Arkansas (6-5, 275): A four-year letterman for the Razorbacks, who played five different positions during his collegiate career, Loewen totaled 31 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, two sacks, two passes defensed and also caught two passes for 29 yards with one touchdown. The Lahaina, Hawaii native played in 10 games as a senior and tallied 15 tackles, including 1.5 sacks before a broken foot sidelined him for the final three games of the season.

Ryker Mathews – Offensive lineman, BYU (6-6, 320): Matthews, who can play both guard and tackle, started 11 games as a senior, helping BYU to its best passing season since 2008 with 3,854 yards, also helping them produce six contests of at least 150 yards rushing. The American Fork, Utah native played in 45 total games in his career, starting 33 at tackle and guard.

D.J. Pettway – Defensive lineman, Alabama (6-2, 270): A three-year letterman for the Crimson Tide, the Pensacola, Fla. native earned a role in the defensive rotation on one of the nation’s top defensive lines as a senior and recorded 18 tackles, including five for a loss, along with two sacks, two passes defensed and two blocked field goals, including one in the College Football Playoff final.

Jeff Schoettmer – Linebacker, North Carolina (6-2, 235): Schoettmer began his career as a walk-on and earned a scholarship with his play for the Tar Heels, where he ended up playing in 52 games with 38 starts, including the last 27 in a row. As a senior in 2015, the Dallas, Texas native was a third-team All-ACC selection and started all 14 games as a defensive team captain, recording 97 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Dominique Tovell – Linebacker, Louisiana-Lafayette (6-1, 232): Tovell, who is a native of Columbia, Miss., played in 50 career games at Louisiana-Lafayette and finished his career with 238 tackles (157 solo), 39.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2015, he recorded 79 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles and earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors.

Landon Turner – Offensive lineman, North Carolina (6-4, 325): Turner, a Harrisonburg, Va. native, was a four-year starter at guard at the University of North Carolina, appearing in 52 contests with 42 career starts. As a senior in 2015, Turner opened all 14 contests at right guard for an offense that rushed for more than 220 yards per game and was selected as an Associated Press first-team All-American and as a first-team All-ACC selection.

Jordan Williams-Lambert – Wide receiver, Ball State (6-3, 228): Williams-Lambert was a four-year letterman at Ball State, finishing his career playing in 44 games and recording 200 receptions for 2,723 yards (13.6 avg.) with 24 touchdowns. As a senior in 2015, he was a second-team All-Mid American Conference second-team selection and in 12 games, recorded 72 receptions for 920 yards with eight touchdowns.

Avery Young – Offensive lineman, Auburn (6-6, 305): Young was a four-year letterman for Auburn and played in 37 career games with 37 starts, including handling starting right tackle duties as a senior in 2015. He is the younger brother of seven-year NFL veteran defensive end Willie Young, who currently plays for the Chicago Bears.

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