Saints Announce 2012 Rookie Free Agent Class

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Monday that 18 undrafted rookie free agents have agreed to terms with the team following the conclusion of the NFL Draft. Joining the Saints will be linebackers Kadarron Anderson, Stephen Johnson and Aaron Tevis, wide receivers Malcolm Beyah, Chris Givens and Kevin Hardy,  defensive end Braylon Broughton, defensive end/defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker,  tight end Jake Byrne, running back Travaris Cadet, defensive back A.J. Davis, center Brian Folkerts, safeties Jose Gumbs, Jerico Nelson and Johnny Thomas, tackles Dan Hoch and Aderious Simmons and return specialist Laron Scott.


The following is an outline of the 18 players who – along with the club’s five draft choices and other tryout players – will be coming to New Orleans to participate in the team’s rookie minicamp, scheduled to take place May 11-13.


Kadarron Anderson – Linebacker, Furman (6-1, 235): Anderson was a three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Paladins, leading the team in tackles each of these seasons, overall recording 372 stops, including 21 for a loss in his 44-game career. The Greenwood, S.C. native was a three-time All-Southern Conference pick, who recorded 111 stops, 5.5 for a loss, two sacks, three pass defenses and two forced fumbles as a senior.


Malcolm Beyah – Wide Receiver, Middle Tennessee State (5-11, 192): In four seasons, at Middle Tennessee State Beyah appeared in 46 games and recorded 115 receptions for 1,500 yards (13.0 avg.) with 14 touchdowns. As a senior in 2011, the Covington, Ga. native appeared in 11 games and finished with 45 receptions for a team-best 497 yards (11.0 avg.) with six touchdowns.


Braylon Broughton – Defensive End, TCU (6-6, 272): Broughton was a three-year letterman for the Horned Frogs, playing in 42 games with five starts over his collegiate career. The Dallas native had career totals of 45 tackles (32 solo), 9.5 stops for a loss, three sacks, three pass defenses, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. As a senior in 2011, Broughton appeared in 13 games and started five games for the Rose Bowl Champions, leading TCU with six tackles for a loss as he recorded 25 stops (12 solo) overall, two sacks and one blocked kick.


Jake Byrne – Tight End, Wisconsin (6-4, 260): Byrne was a four-year letterman for the Badgers, appearing in 50 games and recording six receptions for 57 yards and one touchdown. The native of Rogers, Ark. appeared in all 13 games in 2011, recording one 14-yard reception while blocking for the nation’s fourth-ranked scoring offense.


Travaris Cadet – Running Back, Appalachian State (6-1, 210):  After originally coming to Appalachian State as a quarterback in 2009, Cadet was converted to running back and evolved into one of the most explosive all-purpose players in the Football Championship Subdivision as he closed his career with 336 carries for 1,688 yards (5.0 avg.), 57 receptions for 572 yards with two touchdowns, while also handling kickoff and punt return duties in 39 games, starting 19 of them. Overall, he racked up 3,929 all-purpose yards, as he was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection at running back and also earned all-conference recognition once as a return specialist. As a senior, the Miami native had 151 carries for 651 yards (4.3 avg.) with six touchdowns and a career-high 34 receptions for 333 yards with one touchdown, as he posted 1,603 all-purpose yards.

A.J. Davis – Defensive Back, Jacksonville State (6-0, 183): Davis finished his four-year career at Jacksonville State with 126 tackles (97 solo), 17 pass defenses, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. He earned all-OVC honors in 2011 as a senior, as he finished with 28 solo tackles, two interceptions, five pass defenses and one fumble recovery.


Brian Folkerts – C, Washburn (6-4, 310): Folkerts was a four-year letterman at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. The Florissant, Mo. native played in 44 games, making 39 starts at both the right and left tackle positions. Folkerts earned  several Division 2 All-American honors as a senior, helping the Ichabods to the fourth ranked passing offense in the country and the fifth ranked offensive team.


Chris Givens – Wide Receiver, Miami (Ohio) (6-2, 203): Givens, a Chilicothe, Ohio native, recorded 157 receptions for 2,121 yards and 15 touchdowns in his five-year career as he ranked seventh in Redhawks record books in both catches and yardage. As a redshirt senior in 2011, Givens had 60 receptions for 695 yards (11.6 avg.) with five touchdowns.