Delvin Breaux has been one of the breakout stars of the Saints’ offseason, prompting high praise from teammates and coaches.

Breaux has been surprising, to say the least, fighting his way into the lead for a nickel back role the Saints consider a starter in their defensive scheme.

And although he might have surpassed some expectations, Breaux has been impressing the New Orleans staff ever since he tried out for the Saints in the winter.

“His workout was that impressive,” Payton said. “As good a corner workout as I’ve seen in a long time.”

Breaux might have taken an unusual path to the NFL, but by the time the Saints tried him out, the rest of the league had an idea what the New Orleans native could do.

The more the Saints saw of Breaux, the more it became clear they couldn’t let any other teams get a good look.

“I remember when we worked him out, and the concern was, he was working out with us, and then he had nine other scheduled workouts,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “We tried to do everything so he wasn’t going to leave the building.”