Among the various players attending the New Orleans Saints’ workout for local prospects on Thursday will be former East St. John standout Alvin Scioneaux, an outside linebacker who earned all-conference honors throughout his career at Wofford College, an NFL source told The Advocate.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Scioneaux, a native of Garyville, mostly attacked off the edge and got in on 75 tackles, 40 of which were solo and nine of which were behind the line of scrimmage. He also had 1.5 quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 2013 for Wofford, which finished 5-6 and competes in the Southern Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA.
Scioneaux landed on the first all-conference team last year and was chosen to participate in the second annual College All-Star Bowl in February, which put FCS standouts on display. Coaches also tabbed him for first-team all-conference recognition in 2012 (when he picked off a pass in a loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks), and media did the same in 2011.
Scioneaux clocked around 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash in training, according to the source. At South Carolina State’s Pro Day, he registered a vertical leap of 39.5 inches, 32 reps on the 225-pound bench press and 10.2 feet on the broad jump.
Before arriving at Wofford, which is in Spartanburg, S.C., Scioneaux was All-District 5-5A for East St. John as a senior. He also received an award for posting the Wildcats’ highest GPA.
While Scioneaux might not get drafted and isn’t as heralded as many other NFL hopefuls trying to enter the league this year, his opportunity with the Saints is a good one. The team under coach Sean Payton has never been reluctant to give roster spots to small-school prospects they think can contribute, even if it’s in free agency after the draft.
Film of Scioneaux’s play is available on YouTube.
Other notable tidbits:
– Wyoming wide receiver Robert Herron wrote to USA Today about his visit with the Saints. He has gotten second- to third-round projections.
– Free-agent wide receiver Sidney Rice, who is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, announced via Twitter on Monday that he’s been cleared for football activities. The Saints were reportedly among a handful of teams who were to some degree interested in his services.
– Saints safety Jairus Byrd will visit Harahan Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon as part of Rotolo’s Pizzeria’s Literacy Program.
– Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin, who visited the Saints, went on Twitter late Monday and said, “Hands down; New Orleans has the best food in America, no question” Colvin is projected to be available in the late rounds of the draft after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament at January’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.