Saints Sign Entire Draft Class, Including First-Round C Cesar Ruiz

     

The New Orleans Saints have officially signed their entire 2020 draft class, including first-round C Cesar Ruiz, to their rookie contracts, the team announced.

Here’s the Saints’ entire four-player 2020 draft class: 

RoundPlayerPos.Status
1Cesar RuizCSigned
3Zack BaunOLBSigned
3Adam TrautmanTESigned
7Tommy StevensQBSigned

Ruiz, 20, is a three-year starter at Michigan and earned All-Big Ten honors the past two seasons. The Saints selected him with the No. 24 overall pick in this year’s draft. 

Ruiz is projected to sign a four-year, $12,679,205 rookie contract that includes a $6,781,240 signing bonus. The contract includes a fifth-year for the Saints to pick up for the 2024 season.

Lance Zierlein compares Ruiz to Bears C James Daniels

During his three-year college career, Ruiz appeared in 36 games and started 31 (26 at center, five at right guard).

Baun, 23, is a two-year starter at Wisconsin and earned first-team All-American honors last season. The Saints traded up with the Browns to select him with the No. 74 pick in this year’s draft. 

He’s projected to sign a four-year, $4,811,188 rookie contract that includes a $1,059,047 signing bonus. 

During his college career at Wisconsin, Baun recorded 152 tackles, 15 sacks, two interceptions, a defensive touchdown, three forced fumbles, a recovery, and four passes defended over the course of three seasons and 34 games played.

Trautman, 23, was a four-year starter at Dayton and earned the PFL Offensive Player of the Year award last season. The Saints traded up with the Vikings to select him with the  No. 105 pick in this year’s draft. 

He’s projected to receive a four-year, $4,499,404 rookie contract that includes an $832,295 signing bonus.

During his four-year college career at Dayton, Trautman recorded 70 receptions for 916 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns.  

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