*Note I will be updating the list as the signings roll in
Saints sign DE Tavaris Barnes – Clemson to a contract
Athletic base end with well broad shoulders and well defined legs. Good initial foot quickness off the ball. Springs into blockers with arms extended keeping himself clean. Crashes hard down the line in backside pursuit and plays with energy. Intriguing potential as interior third down rusher using twists and stunts.
Never a full-time starter. Failed to play in more than 30 percent of the defensive snaps in any of his four years at Clemson. Is underdeveloped as a pass rusher. Will bull rush and use an occasional slant move to pressure quarterback, but lacking in skill right now. Needs to improve hand usage as rusher. Run-around athlete still learning the game. – NFL.com
The Saints sign ILB Stephon Sanders – SMU to a contract
Senior (2014): Played and started in 11 games, missing the final game of the season… Ranked second on the team with 70 tackles, including 43 solo stops… Led the team with eight tackles for loss… Had a season-high 10 tackles on two occasions (at East Carolina, Houston)… Recorded 2.5 sacks on the season… Tallied four pass breakups and one QBH… Had at least five tackles in eight games… HONORS: Selected to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The Saints sign LB Markus Pierce Brewster – West Texas A&M to a contract
Junior Year (2012): Played in all 13 games, started in all 13 games…Transferred prior to the 2012 season to SU from the City College of San Francisco … Against Northwestern, in his SU debut, recorded seven tackles, including 1.5 for a loss of three yards and recovered a fumble … Against USC, tallied one tackle, 0.5 tackles for a loss of one yard … Against Stony Brook, totaled two tackles, including one solo and one for a loss of three yards … At Minnesota, had one tackle … Against Pittsburgh, recorded two tackles, including one solo … At Rutgers, tallied six tackles, including one solo and one tackle for a loss of one yard … Against UConn, had one solo tackle, including his first career sack for a loss of 12 yards … At South Florida, notched two tackles, including one solo … At Cincinnati, had a quarterback hurry … Against Louisivlle, recorded two tackles, including one solo and one for a loss of three yards … At Missouri, recorded four tackles, including one solo and one tackle for a loss of three yards … At Temple, had two solo tackles, including one for a loss of one yard.
Note: Brewster got kicked off the Syracuse team for his arrest in a burglary
The Saints sign DT Ashaad Mabry – UTSA to a contract
The Saints sign WR R.J. Harris – New Hampshire to a contract
The Saints sign OL Cyril Lemon – North Texas to a contract
Offensive lineman Cyril Lemon (6-foot-2 3/4, 312 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.45 seconds with the wind and 5.55 seconds against the wind. He had a 24-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-4 broad jump. Lemon ran the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.84 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.22 seconds. Lemon — who has 34-inch arms — performed 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Lemon has been a four-year starter at North Texas and was a good player for the Mean Green. He had a good positional workout at the pro day, but needs to improve his strength. He’ll be a good free agent to bring into camp.- Gil Brant
The Saints sign OT Doniel Gambrell – Notre Dame to a contract
Athletic big man with an NFL frame and long arms. Excellent first-step quickness and lateral movement. Has the footwork necessary to crossface or hook defender. Has athleticism necessary to play tackle but might fit inside at guard. Plays from two- and three-point stance. Flashes ability to play with desired hand placement and punch. Smooth glider to second level and can mirror and finish in space. Has enough length and natural ability to redirect from guard position when pass rushers get to his edge. Praised by scouts for his maturity and leadership. Gambrell more than held his own against FBS-level competition during practices for the College Gridiron Showcase in Arlington, Texas.
Needs to improve his instincts and understanding of offense. Will seek to go get defensive end on running plays where he simply needs to hold his ground and run the defender upfield. Has decent kick-slide and set-up, but relies on quick sets and will set out too wide, opening door for inside moves. Struggles to redirect back inside and shut down inside moves. Tends to panic and rush to edge when he sees blitzer coming. Needs more consistent leverage and hip snap to capture and contain in run game. – NFL.com
The Saints sign DT Kaleb Eulls – Mississippi St to a contract.
A rock solid starter and leader on the defensive line for four seasons … Started all 52 games of his career acquiring 118 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss of 34 yards, four sacks, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery … Named to the 2011 All-SEC Freshman Team in a vote by the league’s coaches . . . Was the only defensive freshman (true or redshirt) to start all 13 games in the SEC in 2011 . . . Saw time at both defensive tackle and defensive end during developmental season but played predominantly at defensive tackle his final three seasons … Selected to the Senior Bowl following his final season.
The Saints sign OG Sean Hickey – Syracuse to a contract
Can get good movement when he locks in. At his best in jump sets, with a good punch and good leverage inside. Walls off defenders effectively in run game. Can drop his anchor and take a stand against power rushers when needed.
Looks lost when he gets to the second level. Poor footwork on every wide defender. Plays with low, wide hands on pass pro, which leads to a lack of punch. Turns his shoulders and opens up too quickly in pass pro. Does not look for work downfield. Lacks thickness through his chest.- NFL.com
The Saints sign TE Jack Tabb – North Carolina to a contract
The Saints sign TE Harold Spears – New Hampshire to a contract
Thick target who isn’t easily knocked off of his feet after the catch. Plays with soft hands and above-average catch radius. Able to handle the big hit over the middle while still finishing the catch. Can make the tough catches look easy. Productive two-year run with 90 catches for 1,316 yards and 8 touchdowns. Uses his high school basketball experience to his advantage as it pertains to body control.
Looks slow and unnatural at times when getting into his routes. Feels like he’s counting steps as he runs routes. Looked much bigger than verified height (a little shorter than 6-foot-4), which speaks to level of competition he faced. Poor run blocker at this juncture. Leans into blocks and can’t consistently sustain them. Lacks aggressive demeanor when asked to block and hand placement needs work. – NFL.com
The Saints sign WR Malcome Kennedy – Texas A & M to a contract