In early May, I went with undrafted free agent running back Devine Ozigbo to make the Saints 53-man roster.
So far the former Nebraska player is in pretty good shape.
In the first preseason game against Minnesota last week, he was third on the team in rushing with three carries for 20 yards with a long of 11 yards.
But he still has a long ways to go.
Obviously Alvin Kamara and free agent pickup Latavius Murray are on the team at running back.
But like I wrote I in May, as a senior last season with the Cornhuskers Ozigbo was an all-Big 10 player and finished with 1,082 rushing yards, 12 scores on the ground and averaged seven yards per carry.
He also proved to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield after hauling in 23 catches for 203 yards in 2018, which we all know is key in the Saints offense.
One draft service had the Texas native going as high as the third round while others had him being selected later in the draft so plenty of people think he can play in the NFL.
I really think Ozigbo (6-foot-0, 230 pounds) has a chance to latch on with the Saints.
One reason is because New Orleans has been a haven for undrafted free agent running backs since coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis arrived in 2006.
Players like Pierre Thomas, Lynell Hamilton, Travarius Cadet, Khyri Robinson and Chris Ivory all joined the Saints as undrafted free agent rookie running backs and all proved to have productive NFL careers with the Saints and in some cases with other NFL teams as well.
Ozigbo, a pounding back whose pro stock rose tremendously during his senior season, will try to do his best to be the next Saints undrafted rookie running back to make his mark in New Orleans.
It looks like the four guys competing with him for a spot will be Dwayne Washington, who has played well in camp, and veterans Jacquizz Rodgers, Kerwynn Williams and Javorius “Buck” Allen, who is currently on injured reserve.
But if he keeps it up, my May sleeper to make the team will truly be ‘Devine.’
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