Like many other NFL teams, the Saints have gotten a head start on signing the players they selected in last weekend’s draft.
On Friday, the day their rookie minicamp began, the Saints announced that they signed three of the six players they acquired in the draft: strong safety Vinnie Sunseri, outside linebacker Ronald Powell and tackle Tavon Rooks.
All three players signed four-year contracts.
Sunseri and Powell were selected in the fifth round with the 167th and 169th picks, respectively, while Rooks was the Saints’ sixth-round pick at No. 202.
Powell was selected with the pick the Saints obtained from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back Darren Sproles.
The quick signing of the three rookies on Friday continues a trend that began when the new collective bargaining agreement was hammered out in 2011 — which included a slotted wage scale for draft picks,
The Saints’ remaining undrafted draft picks are wide receiver Brandin Cooks (first round), cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste (second round) and inside linebacker Khairi Fortt (fourth round).
All six draftees are taking part in the team’s three-day rookie minicamp that began Friday.
They were joined by the free agents the Saints signed after the completion of the draft last Saturday night, assorted first-year players and other newcomers to the team as well, and a number of players who were invited to participate in the minicamp on a tryout basis.