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There were times last weekend when Adrian Magee just couldn't take it any more.

His name hadn't been called in the NFL draft and the disappointment and frustration mounted up as the minutes turned to hours and hours turned to days.

All of his other LSU teammates were seeing their names scroll across the screen.

But not him.

"It was difficult," Magee admits. "I always dreamed of going in the first round. Everybody wants to be a first-rounder. Once it started getting to the nitty gritty when the time started clicking and was running out, it started getting depressing. It got to a time when I couldn't watch the draft and I waited for a phone call because I was so depressed about not going high because I had high expectations for myself."



His phone call never came.

The versatile offensive lineman wasn't one of the record-tying 14 LSU players who were drafted. He would have loved to have been the 15th one, which would have broken the tie with the 14 players Ohio State had drafted back in 2004.

Instead, Magee's journey to the NFL will have to go the undrafted free agent route.

Fortunately for him, he gets to do so with the New Orleans Saints, just 70 miles south of his hometown of Franklinton.

"God doesn't make any mistakes, so I'm blessed to be where I am," Magee said Thursday about signing with the Saints.

Magee is looking to do what four Saints players managed to do last season: Make the roster as an undrafted rookie free agent. Deonte Harris, Shy Tuttle, Ethan Greenidge and Carl Granderson all did so last season.

Magee is hoping his versatility helps him earn a spot. He lined up at left guard and both tackle positions during his time at LSU.

"(My versatility) helps me out and gives me an opportunity to take another man's spot," Magee said. "It gives people a different view of me that I'm real versatile and not lazy. I can do more than one thing. I'm real useful. I'm not useless."

Magee, a highly-recruited prospect coming out of Franklinton High, started every game for LSU as a senior to help the Tigers to a 15-0 finish and a national title. He was a key cog in an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award for being the best offensive unit in college football. He was the only one of the four starters eligible for the draft that didn't get drafted.

"I use it as encouragement," Magee said. "I still have something to prove even though I did what I did at LSU."

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He plays both guard and tackle. Which is great because we are loaded with center/guards right now and depth on the exterior is important too.
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