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Bryce Thompson signs with Saints as UDFA

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After declaring early for the NFL Draft, Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson didn’t hear his name called this weekend. The three-year starter did find an opportunity shortly after the draft concluded, signing with the New Orleans Saints.

He will join former Tennessee Volunteer Marquez Callaway, who signed with the team last year as an undrafted free agent. Callaway went on to make the team and found some playing time late in the year. That’s the path Thompson is hoping to follow this fall.

Thompson is a former four-star prospect that signed with Tennessee as an athlete. With Jeremy Pruitt badly needing cornerbacks in 2018, Thompson landed on the defensive side and never looked back. He instantly became Tennessee’s top option at corner, even though he was forced to learn on the fly.

During his three years in Knoxville, Thompson snagged eight interceptions, including three in a single game against UAB. The 5-11, 190 pound defensive back has a shot to make this roster, with the Saints looking for depth at corner. Marshon Lattimore and Patrick Robinson are set to man the top two spots, with P.J. Williams and rookie Paulson Adebo currently behind them. Thompson has a chance to slot in behind them and make the backend of the roster.