Parkston native Wes Genant earns rookie minicamp invite with New Orleans Saints

Former SDSU lineman gets rookie minicamp invite

South Dakota State University offensive lineman Wes Genant, center, blocks during the FCS playoffs national semifinals May 8, 2021 against Delaware in Brookings.
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NEW ORLEANS — Former South Dakota State lineman Wes Genant, a native of Parkston, earned a rookie minicamp invite with New Orleans Saints

Genant confirmed on Twitter that he was particiapte in the Saints' rookie minicamp, which will take place from May 13-15 at the team's facility in Metairie, La.

Thanks to redshirt and COVID-19 eligibility rules, Genant played six seasons on the SDSU roster, including from his freshman season, playing 64 games and starting 53 on the SDSU offensive line, including finishing his career at center.

He was recognized by the Missouri Valley Football Conference as a first-team all-academic selection and earned a 3.90 grade-point average studying human biology as part of his plan to be a physician. But Genant will give an NFL mini camp a chance this weekend.

The rookie minicamps are essentially a tryout, where players will join undrafted free agents for a mix of classroom work and field drills, getting a crash course in a given team's schemes and terminology and player responsibilities.


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Players that show well could be added to the training camp roster of 90 players entering the preseason, which is eventually cut down to 53 players before the first week of the regular season.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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