List of New Orleans Saints first-round draft picks

The New Orleans Saints joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1967 and first participated in the 1967 NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting, more commonly known as the NFL Draft.[1] In the NFL Draft, each NFL franchise annually seeks to add new players to its roster. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second-worst picking second and so on. The team which wins the Super Bowl receives the last pick in the subsequent Draft, with the penultimate pick going to the losing team. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.[2]

In the 1967 NFL Draft, the Saints had two first-round picks; first and last. They traded away the first overall pick to the Baltimore Colts,[3] while with the 26th pick, they selected Leslie Kelley, a running back from Alabama.[4] The Saints have selected first overall once, drafting George Rogers in 1981,[5] second overall twice, drafting Archie Manning in 1971 and Reggie Bush in 2006,[6] and third overall once, drafting Wes Chandler in 1978.[4] The team's most recent first-round selections was defensive end Marcus Davenport.

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Mark Ingram Jr., one of the Saints' two first-round draft picks in 2011

Key

Table key
^ Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 *  Selected number one overall
Indicates the player was selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
The Saints did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

Player selections

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Reggie Bush, the Saints first-round draft pick in 2006
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Deuce McAllister, a 2001 first-round pick
New Orleans Saints first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1967 26 Leslie Kelley Running back Alabama [a]
1968 7 Kevin Hardy Defensive end Notre Dame [b]
1969 17 John Shinners Guard Xavier [c]
1970 10 Ken Burrough Wide receiver Texas Southern
1971 2 Archie Manning Quarterback Mississippi
1972 8 Royce Smith Guard Georgia
1973 No pick [d]
1974 13 Rick Middleton Linebacker Ohio State [e]
1975 7 Larry Burton Wide receiver Purdue
1975 12 Kurt Schumacher Offensive tackle Ohio State [f]
1976 3 Chuck Muncie Running back California
1977 7 Joe Campbell Defensive end Maryland
1978 3 Wes Chandler Wide receiver Florida
1979 11 Russell Erxleben Placekicker Texas
1980 12 Stan Brock Offensive tackle Colorado
1981 1 George Rogers *† Running back South Carolina
1982 13 Lindsay Scott Wide receiver Georgia [g]
1983 No pick [h]
1984 No pick [i]
1985 24 Alvin Toles Linebacker Tennessee [j]
1986 6 Jim Dombrowski Offensive tackle Virginia [k]
1987 11 Shawn Knight Defensive tackle Brigham Young
1988 24 Craig Heyward Running back Pittsburgh
1989 19 Wayne Martin Defensive end Arkansas
1990 14 Renaldo Turnbull Defensive end West Virginia
1991 No pick [l]
1992 21 Vaughn Dunbar Running back Indiana
1993 8 Willie Roaf ^ Offensive tackle Louisiana Tech [m]
1993 20 Irv Smith Tight end Notre Dame [n]
1994 13 Joe Johnson Defensive end Louisville [o]
1995 13 Mark Fields Linebacker Washington State
1996 11 Alex Molden Defensive back Oregon
1997 10 Chris Naeole Guard Colorado [p]
1998 7 Kyle Turley Offensive tackle San Diego State
1999 5 Ricky Williams Running back Texas [q]
2000 No pick [q]
2001 23 Deuce McAllister Running back Mississippi
2002 13 Donté Stallworth Wide receiver Tennessee
2002 25 Charles Grant Defensive end Georgia [r]
2003 6 Johnathan Sullivan Defensive tackle Georgia [s]
2004 18 Will Smith Defensive end Ohio State
2005 13 Jammal Brown Offensive tackle Oklahoma [t]
2006 2 Reggie Bush Running back Southern California
2007 27 Robert Meachem Wide receiver Tennessee
2008 7 Sedrick Ellis Defensive tackle Southern California [u]
2009 14 Malcolm Jenkins Defensive back Ohio State
2010 32 Patrick Robinson Cornerback Florida State
2011 24 Cameron Jordan Defensive end California
2011 28 Mark Ingram Jr. Running back Alabama [v]
2012 No pick [v]
2013 15 Kenny Vaccaro Strong safety Texas
2014 20 Brandin Cooks Wide receiver Oregon State [w]
2015 13 Andrus Peat Offensive tackle Stanford
2015 31 Stephone Anthony Linebacker Clemson [x]
2016 12 Sheldon Rankins Defensive tackle Louisville
2017 11 Marshon Lattimore Cornerback Ohio State
2017 32 Ryan Ramczyk Offensive tackle Wisconsin [y]
2018 14 Marcus Davenport Defensive end UTSA [z]

Footnotes

  1. ^ The Saints traded their #1 overall pick to the Baltimore Colts for Gary Cuozzo. The #26 pick still remained in their possession.[3]
  2. ^ The Saints traded their #5 overall pick to the Green Bay Packers and acquired this pick from the Minnesota Vikings.[7]
  3. ^ The Saints traded their #7 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers and acquired this pick from the Minnesota Vikings.[8]
  4. ^ The Saints traded their #2 overall pick to the Baltimore Colts.[9]
  5. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the Detroit Lions.[10]
  6. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the New York Jets.[11]
  7. ^ The Saints relinquished their 1st round pick after taking a supplemental pick in 1981. They acquired this pick from the Green Bay Packers.[12]
  8. ^ The Saints traded their #11 overall pick to the Green Bay Packers.[13]
  9. ^ The Saints traded their #15 overall pick to the New York Jets.[14]
  10. ^ The Saints traded their #11 overall pick to the Houston Oilers and acquired the #24 overall pick from the Washington Redskins.[15]
  11. ^ The Saints traded their #4 overall pick to the Baltimore Colts for this pick.[16]
  12. ^ The Saints traded their #14 overall pick to the Dallas Cowboys.[17]
  13. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the Detroit Lions.[18]
  14. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the San Francisco 49ers.[18]
  15. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the New York Jets.[19]
  16. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the Oakland Raiders.[20]
  17. ^ a b The Saints traded their #12 overall pick to the Washington Redskins as well as their 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th round picks, and their 1st and 3rd round picks in 2000 for a 1st round pick in 1999.[21]
  18. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the Miami Dolphins as well as a 4th round pick and a 1st round pick (#18) in 2003, for Ricky Williams and a 3rd round pick.[22]
  19. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the Arizona Cardinals along with a 2nd and 4th round picks, for their #17 and #18 overall picks and a 2nd round pick.[23]
  20. ^ The Saints traded their #16 overall pick to the Houston Texans as well as a 3rd round pick in 2006 for this pick.[24]
  21. ^ The Saints traded their #10 overall pick to the New England Patriots as well as a 3rd round pick for this pick and a 5th round pick.[25]
  22. ^ a b The Saints acquired a 1st round pick in 2011 from the New England Patriots for a 2nd round pick and a 1st round pick in 2012.[26]
  23. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for their first and third round picks (27th & 91st).[27]
  24. ^ The Saints acquired this pick and center Max Unger from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for their fourth round selection (112th) and tight end Jimmy Graham.[28]
  25. ^ The Saints acquired this (32nd) and third-round (103rd) picks from the New England Patriots in exchange for their fourth-round selection (118th) and wide receiver Brandin Cooks.[29]
  26. ^ The Saints acquired this pick from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for their first- and fifth-round selections (27th and 147th) and a first-round selection in 2019.

References

General
  • "NFL Draft History: First Round by Team: New Orleans Saints". National Football League official Web site. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  • "New Orleans Saints". drafthistory.com. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
Specific
  1. ^ Becnel, George (2009). When the Saints Came Marching in: What the New Orleans NFL Franchise Did Wrong (and Sometimes Right) in Its Expansion Years. AuthorHouse. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-4389-9187-0. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  2. ^ Pittman, Andrew; John Otto Spengler; Sarah J. Young (2008). Case studies in sport law. Human Kinetics. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7360-6821-5. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  3. ^ a b Duncan, Jeff (2004-07-30). Tales from the Saints Sideline. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 174. ISBN 1-58261-770-8. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
  4. ^ a b "NFL Draft History: First Round by Team". NFL's Official Website. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  5. ^ "All Time Number 1 Draft Picks". NFL's Official Website. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  6. ^ "All Time Number 2 Draft Picks". NFL's Official Website. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  7. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1968". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  8. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1969". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  9. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1973". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  10. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1974". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  11. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1975". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  12. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1982". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  13. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1983". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  14. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1984". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  15. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1985". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  16. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1986". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  17. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1991". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  18. ^ a b "Pro Football Draft History 1993". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  19. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1994". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  20. ^ "Pro Football Draft History 1997". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  21. ^ "New Orleans Saints History: Saints Trade Entire Draft for Ricky Williams". Canal Street Chronicles. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  22. ^ "Saints' Ricky Williams trade still one of most infamous in draft history". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  23. ^ Hack, Damon (2003-04-27). "N.F.L. Draft Starts on Offense, Then Shifts to Defense". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  24. ^ Jackobson, Julie (2005-04-27). "San Francisco chooses Smith with first NFL draft pick". USATODAY.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  25. ^ Ulman, Howard (2008-04-26). "Patriots draft LB Jerod Mayo from Tennessee with 10th pick". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  26. ^ "Patriots trade 28th pick to Saints". ESPN.com. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  27. ^ Somers, Kent (2014-05-08). "Arizona Cardinals select safety Deone Bucannon in first round of 2014 NFL draft". The Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  28. ^ Patra, Kevin (2015-05-01). "Saints, Seahawks agree to Jimmy Graham trade". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  29. ^ Daniels, Tim (March 10, 2017). "BRANDIN COOKS TRADED TO PATRIOTS IN DEAL INVOLVING MULTIPLE DRAFT PICKS". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
Ricky Williams

Errick Lynne "Ricky" Williams Jr. (born May 21, 1977) is a former American football running back who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and one season in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the University of Texas, where he was a two-time All-American and won the Heisman Trophy. Williams was drafted by the New Orleans Saints fifth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the team before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2002. He played for the Dolphins for two seasons, and retired for the first time from football in 2004. Due to his suspension from the NFL in 2006, he played for the Toronto Argonauts that year. Williams re-joined the Dolphins in 2007 and played with them until 2010, and spent the 2011 season with the Baltimore Ravens. He was formerly an assistant football coach at the University of the Incarnate Word and is currently a football analyst for ESPN's Longhorn Network. In 2015, Williams was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Russell Erxleben

Russell Erxleben (born January 13, 1957) is a former American football player and currency investor. He shares the record for the longest field goal, 67 yards, in NCAA history (if not college football history), originally set in 1977 while playing for the University of Texas. Erxleben was a three-time All-America punter (1976, 1977, and 1978). He was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, an extremely rare occurrence for a kicker. After an NFL career lasting six years, he became a currency investor. Convicted of securities fraud in 1999, he was released from federal prison in 2005. He was again convicted of investment fraud in 2014 and sentenced to 90 months (seven and one-half years) in federal prison.

Wes Chandler

Wesley Sandy Chandler (born August 22, 1956) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times, and ranked twelfth in NFL history in receiving yards and thirteenth in receptions when he retired. Chandler is a member of the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame. He played college football for the Florida Gators and was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Playing as a receiver in a run-oriented wishbone offense at Florida, Chandler set a school record with 28 touchdowns. He was named both an All-American and an Academic All-American in 1977. He was picked third overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 1978 NFL Draft. Over an 11-year NFL career, Chandler played for the Saints, the San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers. He holds the NFL record for most receiving yards per game in a season, set in 1982 with the Chargers. After retiring as a player, he became a football coach, and served as the wide receivers coach for various teams at the professional and college level.

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