2017 NFL Draft: Saints add yet another running back in Alvin Kamara after trade
Kamara took a winding path to Tennessee but had a big senior year for the Vols
With the No. 67 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected running back Alvin Kamara from the University of Tennessee. The Saints reportedly traded their 2018 second-round pick and a seventh-rounder this year to acquire this selection from the 49ers.
- Draft Tracker: Round 3
New Orleans Saints
Pete Prisco's Grade: C+
I like the player, but why a back after signing Adrian Peterson? Weird.
The Saints have Mark Ingram in-house and recently signed Adrian Peterson, but obviously felt they weren't quite deep and versatile enough at running back, so decided to deal a future pick to come up and get Kamara.
Kamara started his college career at Alabama, but after a knee injury and two suspensions,. he transferred to a junior college when it became clear playing time wasn't in the offing for him with the Crimson Tide. He was named Offensive Player of the Year at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, then transferred to Tennessee. He didn't become a starter until his senior season, but he was incredibly productive with his touches throughout his time with the Vols -- he averaged a touchdown every 12 offensive touches.
Kamara has great speed and feel as a perimeter runner, and he smoothly catches the ball out of the backfield as well. He's not necessarily the guy you want to pound between the tackles, but as the speed and versatility half of a thunder-and-lightning type timeshare, he should be able to do some damage at the next level.
"This is awful. You have Mark Ingram. You sign, for some reason, Adrian Peterson. And now you draft Alvin Kamara. Why? Kamara may work on passing downs after he had 74 catches the past two seasons for Tennessee, but Ingram had 96 catches the past two years and has proven he can pass protect. Kamara is a late-round flier at best in seasonal leagues, and he's a third-round pick at best in rookie-only leagues." - Jamey Eisenberg
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