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A look back at the New Orleans Saints' 2009 draft

Malcolm Jenkins was the first-round pick

The New Orleans Saints didn't have many picks in the 2009 draft but they made the most of the ones they had. First-round pick Malcolm Jenkins made an immediate impact on the team at cornerback and on special teams as a rookie before settling in as the team's starting free safety. The Saints traded their next pick for tight end Jeremy Shockey who would become a key member of the team's Super Bowl-winning squad that season.

The most unheralded pick of the Saints' draft, the fifth-round selection of punter Thomas Morstead, may go down as one of the team's best late-round picks of all time. Morstead is still with the team and has done a fantastic job on punts and handling kickoffs.

Held April 25-26, 2009

  1. Malcolm Jenkins, cb (14) Ohio State
  2. (#45) Traded to N.Y. Giants along with fifth-round pick (#152) in exchange for TE Jeremy Shockey
  3. (#76) Traded to N.Y. Jets along with 2008 fourth-round pick in exchange for lb Jonathan Vilma and 2009 fourth-round pick (#118)

4a. Chip Vaughn, s (116) Wake Forest

4b. Stanley Arnoux, lb (118) Wake Forest

        choice from N.Y. Jets

5a. (#151) Traded to N.Y. Giants

5b. Thomas Morstead, p (164) Southern Methodist choice from Philadelphia

6(#184) Traded to Green Bay in exchange for 2008 seventh-round pick

7.(#222) Traded to Philadelphia along with fifth-round pick in 2010 draft in exchange for fifth-round pick (#164)

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