As the New Orleans Saints are trimming their roster, Hau’oli Kikaha was the most recent roster casualty. Kikaha was a 2nd round pick for the Saints in the 2015 NFL Draft. So that got me thinking… where is the rest of the 2015 draft class? The Saints had nine picks that year, and only two are sure bets to make the 2018 roster.
Andrus Peat was the Saints first selection, 13th overall in the first round. Peat, after a couple of seasons struggling to live up to his first round selection, finally came into his own in 2017. He’s going to be a staple of the 2018 Saints offensive line.
Tyeler Davison was the Saints second selection in the 5th round. After the unfortunate situation surrounding Nick Fairley’s long-term health forced the talented defensive tackle into possible early retirement, Davison is one of the many Saints asked to step up. Davison will be a rotational player stuffing the interior of the defensive line in 2018.
The same can’t be said for the second pick for the Saints in the first round. Stephone Anthony was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a 2018 5th Round Pick (that was later used to trade up for Marcus Davenport).
In addition to Davison, the Saints selected Davis Tull in the 5th round of 2015. Tull was waived in 2016, and (notice the theme?) signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad later in 2016. Tull was later waived by Atlanta and is currently a free agent. The final 5th round pick for the Saints was Damian Swann. Swann was waived in 2017 and, like Tull, is a free agent.
The remaining draft pick of the Saints in 2015 was PJ Williams, a starter for the Saints in 2016 and the start of 2017, who now finds himself on the roster bubble in 2018. If Williams were to surprisingly get cut by the Saints in 2018, the 2015 NFL Draft class would look mighty disappointing…