Checking in on Saints’ rookies

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Checking in on some members of the Saints’ rookie class:

WR Brandin Cooks (first round, 20th overall)
Cooks’ physical abilities and instincts have been a deadly combination over the first week of camp. Cooks is deadly quick, but one of his most impressive traits has been his ability to exploit soft spots in the defense.

CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (second round, 58th overall)
Jean-Baptiste is a physical specimen. He has the occasional moment where his promise shows through, but there are some issues with his technique that need to be worked out. His intelligence allows him to disguise some liabilities.

LB Khairi Fortt (fourth round, 126th overall)
Fortt has had some moments in camp, but it will take some time before he starts pushing David Hawthrone for snaps. He’s had some quality moments in run defense during the first week of camp.

S Vinnie Sunseri (fifth round, 167th overall)
Has been receiving snaps with the second-team defense alongside undrafted rookie Pierre Warren. His instincts, which were lauded prior to the draft, have stood out. Moves down in the box at times.

LB Ronald Powell (fifth round, 169th overall)
Powell has flown under the radar throughout the first week of practice. He’s someone we’ll keep a closer eye on this week.

OT Tavon Rooks (sixth round, 202nd overall)
Rooks was inactive early in camp and has been fair in one-on-one rush drills against lower-level competition.

Undrafted notes: Wide receiver Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones have an uphill battle to make the roster, but both have had quality moments. … Defensive back Brian Dixon has flashed a few times on special teams. … Tight end Je’Ron Hamm, who brings size to the field, suffered an injury during Saturday’s scrimmage. … Warren is playing on the second-team defense and has appears to be in the mix for a job. … Defensive lineman George Uko has struggled in one-on-one rush drills. … Defensive lineman Lawrence Virgil has had some nice moments in the same drills. … Offensive lineman Matt Armstrong has looked good at times.