The New Orleans Saints are looking powerful on paper and had one of the steals of the draft. With the selection of Chauncey Gardner-Johnson out of Florida in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL draft. As the 105th selection by the Saints, he is motivated to show he should have been selected higher.
The New Orleans Saints also select Erik McCoy 48th overall, Saquon Hampton 177th overall, Alize Mack 231st overall, and Kaden Elliss 244th overall. New Orleans also signed undrafted free agents, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Carl Granderson, and Ethan Greenidge.
EA Sports has released Madden 20 rookie rankings on Monday, July 1st; New Orleans has eight rookies coming into the 2019 NFL Season. The highest rated rookie on the Saints is a 70 with the lowest being a 56.
70 overall FS
Gardner-Johnson coming out of Florida this season was looking like 2nd or 3rd round prospect not falling to the 4th round as he did. He was given 90 speed and 90 acceleration for a 4.48 40 yard dash time. His total prospect score was a 5.92, giving him a good chance as an NFL starter. The 210 pounds 5’11 Gardner-Johnson had a 36.0 vertical jump, and he is going to need that regarding his height at the safety position.
My rating: 74
67 overall C
McCoy is coming out of Texas A&M looking like a right center. New Orleans needs a center with Max Unger retiring. The Saints traded up to get McCoy 48th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. McCoy was given 85 strength having done 29 bench press reps. He was given a total prospect score of 6.01, meaning he should become an instant NFL starter, which he most likely will.
My rating: 72
64 overall WR
Humphrey is coming out of Texas looking like a 6th round prospect. Humphrey ended up as an undrafted free agent but fell to the Saints afterward. He was given 82 speed for a 4.75 40 yard dash time. For reference, Cam Newton ran a 4.59 in 2011. Humphrey is 6’4 so expect to see some over the top action from him. His total prospect score was a 5.16 giving him a “better-than-average” chance of making an NFL roster.
My rating: 66
63 overall LE
Granderson coming out of Wyoming was invited to the combine but ended up in a third-degree sexual assault and sexual battery case. Former Wyoming player was given 79 speed and 85 acceleration for a 4.79 40 yard dash. Granderson fell undrafted but was a suspected 6th round pick; his total prospect score was a 5.37 meaning having NFL backup or special teams potential.
My rating: 65
62 overall ROLB
Elliss coming out of Idaho was looking like a decent linebacker. He was selected with the 30th pick in the 7th round. Eliss has a lot of potential, and the Saints expect to see him play well this season. He was given 88 agility for a 6.49 3 cone drill and a 4.59 40 yard dash. His total prospect grade is a 5.23 meaning he has NFL backup or special teams potential.
My rating: 65
62 overall TE
Mack coming out of Notre Dame is looking like 5th round potential but fell to the Saints in the 7th round in the 2019 draft. He has 86 acceleration for his 4.7 40 yard dash time. Expect to see Mack start at TE for the Saints when Jared Cook leaves if they don’t draft or sign a star TE before then. His total prospect grade was a 5.41, which means he has NFL backup or special teams potential as well.
My rating: 63
61 overall SS
Hampton coming out of Rutgers as a strong safety, looks like a good player. He has 89 acceleration and 87 speed for a 4.48 40 yard dash. Hampton also has 85 agility, which will help him as a safety. His total prospect grade is a 5.29 meaning he has NFL backup or special teams potential.
My rating: 68
56 overall RG
Greenidge coming out of Villanova doesn’t look like the best player right off the bat. There is a chance Greenidge gets cut before the season starts as the Saints have a strong offensive line already. He was given 84 strength, but that is one of the highest stats on his Madden character. His total prospect grade was a 5.00 meaning he has a 50-50 chance of making an NFL roster.
My rating: 55