Pierre Thomas is a poster boy for thrifty GMs everywhere. The undrafted free agent out of Illinois has totaled more than 6,000 combined rushing and receiving yards since beginning his career in 2007. He has been the biggest constant in New Orleans' backfield since.
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Marques Colston — 2006 7th round — Pick 252
Hofstra isn’t exactly known as an NFL pipeline, but the Saints struck gold when they selected Marques Colston in the seventh round of the 2006 draft. Over the years, Colston and Drew Brees have gone together like red beans and rice.
Junior Galette — 2010 — Undrafted
As a kid, Junior Galette couldn’t afford to buy a new basketball. After signing a four-year, $41.5 million contract with the Saints this past offseason, the outside linebacker can now build his own private court. New Orleans nabbed Galette as an undrafted free agent out of Stillman College in 2010, and he enjoyed a breakout season last year, piling up 12 sacks and 40 tackles.
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Khiry Robinson — 2013 — Undrafted
Khiry Robinson made it through a troubled past that included criminal activity, family tragedy, and a period of homelessness to sign with the Saints as an undrafted rookie last year. He’s currently enjoying a breakout season as one of the primary carriers in New Orleans’ productive running back rotation.
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Zach Strief — 2006 7th round — Pick 210
Expectations were modest for Zach Strief when he was selected in the 7th round of the 2006 draft. After primarily serving as Jon Stinchcomb’s caddy for five seasons, the former Northwestern Wildcat got his chance to start at right tackle in 2011. He has been a fixture on the Saints' offensive line ever since.
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Travaris Cadet — 2012 — Undrafted
The Saints inked Travaris Cadet out of Appalachian State as an undrafted free agent after the 2012 draft. Primarily used as a return specialist in his first two years, Cadet is starting to assert himself as a strong pass-catching threat out of the backfield this season. His touchdown against Tampa Bay in Week 5 proved to be instrumental in New Orleans’ comeback win.
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Kasim Edebali — 2014 — Undrafted
Kasim Edebali found himself competing with 16 other undrafted rookies the Saints signed during training camp this season. Ultimately, he was one of two to make the 53-man roster. Born in Hamburg, Germany, the Boston College product has already flashed playmaking ability in a reserve role at outside linebacker. With time, he could very well be the latest gem unearthed by the Saints.