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25 reasons to get excited about Saints training camp, No. 21, 2006 draft class

Evans, Strief and Colston are No. 21 on our countdown to Saints training camp presented by Verizon

Photos of Marques Colston from the 2014 regular season. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)

The New Orleans Saints' 2006 draft class will go down as one of the top two in franchise history and one of the best in NFL history.

Three members from that stellar draft - Coach Sean Payton's first with the team - remain on the Saints' roster.

Right guard Jahri Evans (fourth round), right tackle Zach Strief (seventh round) and wide receiver Marques Colston (seventh round). Each player has made significant contributions to the most successful period in franchise history and Evans and Colston are the best players at their positions in franchise history.

Fans should treasure every opportunity they have to watch the trio and training camp practices provide great access and an opportunity to see how professional they are in their preparation for the season.

Colston said it: "This is the team and organization that took a chance on me back in 2006 and it would mean a lot to me to finish in this city, and really finish on a high note."

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