Saints sign another tryout player, add former Mississippi State RT Scott Lashley

The New Orleans Saints added another player who tried out at their recent rookie minicamp, signing former Mississippi State right tackle Scott Lashley. He’s a big man, listed at 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds, and began his college career at Alabama as the Crimson Tide’s top swing tackle — seeing limited snaps at both the left and right sides. The former four-star high school recruit initially committed to Mississippi State before pivoting to Alabama, only to finish his college career out there after all.

Lashely only started one full season in college, logging 872 snaps on offense with Mississippi State in 2021. And the results were rough. He drew 16 penalties (5 of them declined or offset by defensive fouls) and Pro Football Focus charting hit him with 35 pressures allowed, including 7 sacks. For context, left tackle James Hurst led the Saints last season with 26 pressures allowed and 5 sacks, but he drew just 5 penalties.

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If Lashley is going to catch on in New Orleans he’ll need to clean up his reps in pass protection and be more mindful of his hand placement to avoid those penalties. He’ll be competing for snaps over the summer with other backups like Storm Norton and Landon Young. The Saints have an All-Pro talent on top of the depth chart in right tackle Ryan Ramczyk, but his lingering injury issues demand plenty of depth behind him.

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Story originally appeared on Saints Wire