Early impressions of Saints first-round pick Bryan Bresee: ‘We love potential, don’t we?’

Early impressions of Saints first-round pick Bryan Bresee: 'We love potential, don’t we?'
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The New Orleans Saints’ 2023 draft class was thrown into the fire with rookie minicamp last weekend, literally and figuratively. The internal pressure was high. The outside temperatures were higher.

First-round pick Bryan Bresee only broke a literal sweat.

“I’ve definitely pride myself on being able to learn football relatively easily, so it’s been good for me,” Bresee said. “Once I get out there, if I do make a mistake, not making the same mistake twice is something that I really focus on.”

The former Clemson defensive tackle officially signed a four-year contract with the Saints on Tuesday. According to an ESPN report, the deal is worth $12,263,552 and has a fifth-year team option.

New Orleans used its No. 29 selection to obtain Bresee. He’s a former No. 1 overall recruit who went on to record nine sacks, 15 stops for loss and 50 tackles combined in three collegiate seasons.

At the NFL scouting combine, the 6-foot-5 and 298-pounder turned in elite scores for his position. He ran a 4.86-second 40-yard dash and a 4.38-second short shuttle.

“I just like big, athletic (defensive linemen),” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Monday at the the Saints Hall of Family Celebrity Golf Tournament. “All the things that we look for, he has.

“I think durability has been a bit of an issues, but I think we feel good about that area.”

Bresee struggled with illness and injuries throughout his career at Clemson.

As a true freshman, Bresee played in 12 games, totaling four sacks, 6.5 stops for loss and 23 tackles. Then, he torn his ACL four games into his sophomore season. He still managed an interception, 1.5 sacks, three stops for loss and 12 tackles before sidelined.

During his final season, Bresee’s younger sister died and he suffered a kidney infection. He played in 10 games still but saw a more limited snap count. He finished with 3.5 sacks, 5.5 stops for loss and 15 tackles.

“He looks great,” Saints coach Dennis Allen said. “We’re excited about what we think he can bring. There’s an athletic quality to his game that we link inside at the defensive tackle position.”

Bresee joins a defensive line that features multiple new faces in 2023.

In addition to Bresee, the Saints drafted an end in Isaiah Foskey with a second-round pick. They otherwise added tackles Khalen Saunders and Nathan Shepherd in free agency to fill the holes left behind by tackles Shy Tuttle (signed with Carolina Panthers) and David Onyemata (signed with Atlanta Falcons). New Orleans also lost end Marcus Davenport to the Minnesota Vikings.

Defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon and defensive tackle Malcolm Roach re-signed, and franchise sack leader Cam Jordan is back for at least another year.

Jordan, a team captain since 2015, already has eyes on his potential line neighbor, Bresee.

“You look at some of his college tape, you see the explosiveness,” Jordan said. “We love potential, don’t we? So, as long as we can help mold and help him live up to that, we’ve got a great D-tackle for the future.”

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