Saints sign four from rookie minicamp tryout

The Saints on Monday signed four players who attended their three-day rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

The group includes former Tulane standout Derrick Strozier, who played running back and cornerback for the Green Wave. A native of Edgewater, Florida, Strozier was given a tryout as a running back in the minicamp that concluded Sunday.

A 5-foot-8, 181-pounder, Strozier also returned punts and kickoffs while playing the last two seasons for former Saints wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson.

As a senior, Strozier had 54 tackles, three interceptions and broke up 14 passes and had five interceptions and defended 19 passes in his career.

The Saints also signed wide receiver Steve Hull (Illinois), outside linebacker Cheta Ozougwu (Rice) and offensive lineman Thomas Welch (Vanderbilt). Ozougwu and Welch both have NFL experience.

Ozougwu, a seventh-round draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2011, has played in nine games the past two seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Welch, who was selected in the seventh round in 2010 by the New England Patriots, has played in 27 games with the Patriots, St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills.

Hull was an undrafted free agent.

The Saints also waived guard Micajah Reynolds and nose tackle Brandon McCray, who played his college football at UL-Lafayette. They were among a group of 17 college free agents signed by the Saints after the conclusion of the May 8-10 draft.