The top-100 photos of New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston from the 2013 season (New Orleans Saints photos)
The 2006 draft has to go down as one of the greatest in New Orleans Saints history. First-round selection Reggie Bush was a key member of both the 2006 NFC championship game team and the squad that won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season. Safety Roman Harper, a second-round pick, was a key starter for eight seasons, Jahri Evans has become one of the most dominant interior linemen in the NFL and right tackle Zach Strief is coming off his best season with the Saints and just re-signed with the franchise.
Marques Colston, the team's second seventh-round selection (252nd pick), is the greatest receiver in franchise history. Rob Ninkovich, the team's fifth-round pick, didn't stay with the Saints but has emerged as defensive force with the New England Patriots.
1. Reggie Bush, rb (2) Southern California
2a. (#34), choice traded to Cleveland for C Jeff Faine
and the Browns' second-round pick (#43)
2b. Roman Harper, s (43) Alabama
3. (#66) (choice traded to Houston in 4/23/05 trade
with Texans to move up from 18th to 13th overall
and select T Jammal Brown)
4a. (#99) (choice traded to Philadelphia for Eagles'
fourth-round pick (#108) and DT Hollis Thomas)
4b. Jahri Evans, g (108) Bloomsburg
5. Rob Ninkovich, de (135) Purdue
6a. Mike Hass, wr (171) Oregon State
6b. Josh Lay, cb (174) Pittsburgh
(choice acquired from Green Bay in 2005 trade for
CB Mike McKenzie)
7a. Zach Strief, t (210) Northwestern
7b. Marques Colston, wr (252) Hofstra