2024 NFL draft: Saints coach works one-on-one with LSU linebacker

The New Orleans Saints had a heavy presence in Baton Rouge on Wednesday for the LSU pro day. Some coaches even got the chance to work one-on-one with prospects in the 2024 NFL draft. One Saints assistant who took advantage of the time was linebackers coach Mike Hodges, who put Omar Speights through his paces.

Speights did not have the best season at LSU, but it’s almost hard to hold it against him with how much everyone regressed last season for the Tigers on the defensive side of the ball. Coming into 2023, he was an All-Pac-12 linebacker at Oregon State and had some hype around him. Now, he projects as a late-round flier or undrafted free agent in hopes that he can become a solid special teamer.

Speights does have some upside to his game, showcasing his strength at the pro day with 30 reps of 225 on the bench. That would have been the sixth-most for anyone at the combine and most of any linebacker. He ran a 4.62-second time in the 40-yard dash as well. He’s seen as a Day 3 prospect in the 2024 draft class.

Story originally appeared on Saints Wire