Taysom Hill’s got a new teammate! The Saints signed probably the tallest guy in the 2019 NFL Draft class as Corbin Kaufusi is heading to New Orleans.
After starting at center for the BYU hoops team for two years, Kaufusi improved at defensive end during each of his three years on the football field. For his career, he totaled 154 tackles, 19.5 TFLs, 17 sacks and many blocked and altered field goals. As a senior in 2018, he led the team with 8.5 sacks and 9.5 TFLs. Versatility was also one of his biggest strengths; not only did he have success rushing the passer and stopping the run, but BYU used him in a variety of ways. In the opener versus Arizona, for example, Kaufusi was used a spy-linebackers as sorts where he shut down Wildcats QB Khalil Tate.
Kaufusi was viewed as sure-fire draft pick as the season went along, but late-season injuries and thee offseason surgeries affected his draft stock. One of our favorite Corbin memories was when he came back from a presumed season-ending injury to play the final game of the regular season versus Utah. He racked up seven tackles in the game and put his future NFL career in jeopardy by putting it all on the line for his team. He’s just that kind of guy.
Kaufusi will always be one of favorite players and we can’t wait to watch him on the next level! Shout out to the Saints for taking shots on our guys — this is another pick that we don’t think they’ll regret.