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A look back at New Orleans Saints 2016 draft

Posted Apr 21, 2017

Sheldon Rankins was the team's first-round draft pick.

The 2016 draft yielded five players to the Saints squad. Rankins, who suffered a broken fibula in training camp, finished the season strong on the defensive line. Thomas impressed on the offensive end around the league, leading all rookies in receptions (92), receiving yards (1,137) and touchdowns (9). Bell and Onyemata established themselves as key members on defense, racking up the tackles and contributing in all 16 games of 2016. Behind the Saints rushing attack of Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower, Lasco made the most of his limited snaps, averaging 2.9 yards per carry.

Held April 28-30, 2016

1.     Sheldon Rankins, DT (#12)
        Louisville

2a.   Michael Thomas, WR (#47)
       Ohio State

2b.   Vonn Bell, S (#61)
       Ohio State
       (choice acquired from New England in exchange for #78 and #112)

3.    (#78) Traded to New England

4a.  (#112) Traded to New England

4b.  David Onyemata, DT (#120)
       Manitoba
       (choice acquired from Washington in exchange for #152 and a 5th-round pick in 2017)

5.    (#152) Traded to Washington

6.    (#187) Traded to Washington

7.    Daniel Lasco, RB (#237)
       California