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biloxi-indian 02-03-2012 04:39 PM

Rugby player in for a tryout with the Saints....
 
Hayden Smith, a front liner for the Saracens, is hitting the tryout circuit as a handful of NFL clubs line up to take a close look at the 6-6, 265-pounder. Smith, who had a workout for the New York Jets on Tuesday, will work out for the New Orleans Saints today.

Not everyone is sure what position matches Smith’s ability best, but the Australian-born 26-year-old played college basketball in the U.S. He has 9.2 percent body fat and has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.75 to 4.82 seconds. He’s got long arms and good lateral quickness, the kind of tools necessary to make the move from the pitch to the gridiron.

In just three short years, Smith has just scratched the surface of where his size and athletic ability can take him.
With similar physical traits and measurements to Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, tight end may be the position that makes the most sense for Smith. Some have talked about looking at him as a pass rusher and perhaps as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. His large hands are soft and he is known for having good ball handling skills for rugby.

Emerging rugby star Hayden Smith hoping to make jump to NFL | National Football Post

RockyMountainSaint 02-03-2012 04:53 PM

OK, I will get this out of the way.....

But can he do a back-flip?

ChrisXVI 02-03-2012 07:22 PM

If we can't get Ladarius Green as a complement to Jimmy then let's take a chance on this cat!! Them rugby players are tough mf'ers so I'm cool with giving him a chance!

QBREES9 02-03-2012 07:47 PM

Or this, Camp Body.

bbourque5 02-03-2012 08:05 PM

go to saintsreport.com and go to the main forum, there is a thread about this, check out the video of this guy he is a freak of nature, a true corn fed mo'fo

Speedy Ron 02-03-2012 08:22 PM

sounds like defensive end material. cam jordan = soft

Danno 02-03-2012 09:44 PM

Maybe he can teach someone to tackle.

Ashley 02-03-2012 11:19 PM

At least bring him into camp? Never know until he's out there.

Rugby Saint II 02-03-2012 11:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danno (Post 375631)
Maybe he can teach someone to tackle.

Don't get your hopes up it's not me.(officially)
Rugby players use technique more often when tackling than football players. A player can make up to 20 or more tackles in a minute. No rugby player tackles high.......errrr I mean above the shoulders.:wink:

hagan714 02-04-2012 01:19 AM

leave no stone unturned,


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