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New Orleans Saints notes from Day 3 of the 2016 NFL Draft

Posted Apr 30, 2016

Saints selected David Onyemata in the 120th pick and Daniel Lasco in the 237th pick

·         New Orleans made two picks on Saturday, April 30; with the 120th overall pick in the fourth round acquired from Washington in exchange for their 2016 and 2017 fifth round draft picks, they chose University of Manitoba DL David Onyemata and with their final pick, 237th overall in the seventh round, they picked California RB Daniel Lasco.
·         Two players were taken from the Big 10 Conference (WR Michael Thomas and S Vonn Bell, Ohio State) and one apiece from the ACC (DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville), the Pac 12 (RB Daniel Lasco, California) and Canadian Interuniversity football (CIS) (DL, David Onyemata, University of Manitoba).
·         Onyemata, 6-4, 300, is the first player from the University of Manitoba to be selected in the NFL Draft.
·         A native of Lagos, Nigeria, he played soccer as a youth and did not start playing football until he arrived on the Manitoba campus.
·         He finished his four-year college career with totals of 139.5 tackles, nine sacks and 21 stops for a loss.
·         As a senior in 2015, he was named a Canada West all-star for the second straight campaign, all-Canadian for the first time and claimed the J.P. Metras Trophy as the top down lineman in CIS football, ranking second in the conference and ninth in the country with five sacks in eight league games and also ranked second in Canada West in tackles for a loss (7.5) and 12th in tackles (38.5).
·         Lasco is only the seventh player ever taken by the Saints from California. He joins defensive end Cameron Jordan (D1a-2011), also a former Cal standout on the Saints roster. He’s the third Saints running back selected from California, joining Chuck Muncie (third overall in 1976) and Anthony Wallace (ninth round in 1991).
·         The 6-1, 205-pound Lasco had career totals of 2,395 career all-purpose yards over 41 games with 15 starts, including 1,872 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground.
·         As a senior in 2015, Lasco rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns on 65 carries in nine games with three starts, as he missed four contests due to injuries.
·         Lasco enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2014 as a junior, when he was named Cal Football’s MVP and was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 selection from conference coaches after he rushed for 1,115 yards on 210 carries, while adding 14 touchdowns, including 12 on the ground.