Ticats defensive lineman Drake Nevis worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Monday.
A Louisiana native, Nevis was a highly rated recruit coming out of John Ehret High School in Marrero, Lou. He accepted a scholarship to play football at Louisiana State University and earned first-team All-SEC honours in 2010. That’s right in the Saints backyard, easy to keep tabs on the six-foot-two, 301-pounder who calls Louisiana home in the football off-season.
Nevis spent time with five NFL teams before landing with Hamilton and making his Ticats debut in 2016. In 14 games he made 29 tackles and five sacks. More playing time was certainly earned, but the only reason it wasn’t granted is due to the way the Tiger-Cats constructed their ratio (seven Canadian starters).
If Nevis were to sign a deal with New Orleans it would mark the third straight year that a player from Hamilton has made their way south to the Saints. Delvin Breaux, a 2014 CFL all-star cover man, inked a contract with New Orleans and he’s turned into a legit NFL starter. Last off-season Erik Harris, who was a standout strongside linebacker and special teams performer for the Ticats, agreed to a pact with the Saints, earning a spot on the 53-man roster before he suffered a season-ending ACL injury four games into the 2016 campaign.